San Diegans photograph Sunday night's launch of Falcon 9 rocket at Vandenberg

08 October, 2018, 10:22 | Author: Ann Santiago

There's no specified launch window, and that could force SpaceX to move liftoff to October 11th if it has to scrub the launch on the 7th.

The Falcon's first stage will then fly back to Vandenberg and set down in a landing zone on the coastal base.

SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SAOCOM 1A satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A sonic boom sounds like an explosion or thunder and is the result of shock waves from a vehicle traveling faster than sound.

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The primary goal of the mission was to place the SAOCOM 1A satellite into orbit, but SpaceX also wanted to expand its recovery of first stages to its launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Watch the moment the Falcon 9's booster landed right on the button on LZ-4.

Known as plume interaction, the phenomena has been known to produce extraordinary visual effects and the launch of SAOCOM 1A was certainly no exception.

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The SAOCOM 1 mission aims to study soil moisture using synthetic-aperture radar readings from two identical satellites in low Earth orbit, SAOCOM 1A and 1B. CONAE will operate the satellite as part of the Argentine-Italian System of Satellites with the Italian Space Agency, coordinating observations with Italy's four Cosmo-Skymed X-band SAR satellites. Here's a roundup of the most eye-popping images on Twitter posted shortly after the successful launch. It has previously made such landings on drone ships in the ocean.

The launch, employing the upgraded Block 5 version of the Falcon 9 rocket, remained scheduled for 7:21 p.m.

The fact that the launch and landing took place near Los Angeles meant there were ample opportunities for Southern Californians to catch the show (and for unwitting observers to register UFO reports).

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