Spectacular SpaceX Rocket Launch Lights Up the Southern California Night Sky

Spectacular SpaceX Rocket Launch Lights Up the Southern California Night Sky

The launch of the satellite, SAOCOM 1A, is being conducted for Argentina's space agency. Now standing just ~1400 feet away from the SLC-4E pad, B1048 could very likely become the first booster SpaceX launches three times - perhaps as soon as November or December, depending on its condition after landing.

The mission was also SpaceX's first to include a successful land recovery of the rocket's booster stage at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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.

Shortly afterward SpaceX showed a shot of Falcon 9, successfully landed on landing zone 4. You can expect more rocket landings after this, then.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk was a bit more succinct in a pre-launch tweet: "Sonic boom warning". Residents in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties may hear sonic booms. The instantaneous launch opportunity is on Sunday, October 7 at 7:21 p.m. PDT, or Monday, October 8 at 2:21 UTC, and the satellite will be deployed about 12 minutes after launch.

It was SpaceX's 17th flight so far this year, the company's 44th successful launch in a row and the 63rd overall for the Falcon 9 family of rockets, including the February debut of its three-core Falcon Heavy rocket.

SpaceX has a second CONAE satellite, Saocom-1B, that it is also tasked with launching.

The satellite is the first of two that will be used for emergency management and for land monitoring.

As The Verge noted, SpaceX hasn't been making sea landings by choice.

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