Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

SpaceX Aces First-Ever Rocket Landing in California After Spectacular Satellite Launch

SpaceX Aces First-Ever Rocket Landing in California After Spectacular Satellite Launch

A Falcon 9 rocket with a pre-flown first stage launched from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base tonight (Oct. 7) at 10:21 p.m. EDT (7:21 p.m. local time; 0221 GMT on October 8), successfully delivering Argentina's SAOCOM-1A Earth-observation satellite to orbit.

SAOCOM 1A 3,000-kilogram satellite built by INVAP and this deployment was done in conjunction with Argentina's space agency with the goal of radar-imaging the earth.

Unspent fuel from the rocket was illuminated by rays from the setting sun, making the contrail visible across wide areas of California.

The launch is scheduled for shortly after 7:20 p.m., Vandenberg Air Force base officials said in an advisory. Please let us know where you took the image.

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk was a bit more succinct in a pre-launch tweet: "Sonic boom warning".

It's the very first time SpaceX (or anyone) has successfully landed a rocket on the West Coast.

Nearby residents in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties were warned they "may hear one or more sonic booms" from the landing. The satellite is created to provide radar imagery to help emergency responders and monitor the environment, including the collection of soil moisture measurements. The rocket plume is expected to be illuminated by the sun after the launch at 7:21 p.m. Sunday. This may include multiple engine burns. SpaceX's landing record now stands at 30 successful booster recoveries, 11 at Cape Canaveral, one at Vandenberg and 18 on droneships. The satellite is one of a planned six-satellite array.

SpaceX has also been experimenting with a procedure to save additional millions of dollars by retrieving the Falcon 9's fairing, or nose cone.

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