Monday, 22 October, 2018

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

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Kristen Harrington | 09 October, 2018, 04:29

Social media went into a frenzy in Southern California Sunday night after odd lights appeared to cross the evening sky.

SpaceX landed the rocket's first stage at a newly built landing pad called LZ-4 that is located near Vandenberg's SLC-4E launch pad where the rocket took off.

While SpaceX CEO Elon Musk couldn't help but post a photo of the event, the public took some equally impressive shots.

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A attractive sky show following Falcon 9's launch. This is SpaceX's first attempt at a land landing on the West Coast.

The rocket lifted off at about 7:21 p.m. local time, and landed about 12 minutes later after delivering its package to orbit.

The Californian skies dazzled at night with a spectacular light show as SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched yesterday.

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By the way: SpaceX would like to land every booster on terra firma, to ease the reflight process.

SpaceX is aiming to lower the cost of space travel by designing rocket boosters that are reusable. The second satellite will be SAOCOM 1B.

The primary goal of the SpaceX 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. 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. It carries carries a high-resolution synthetic aperture radar to be used for emergency management and land monitoring, The Associated Press reported.

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"SAOCOM" is short for "Satélite Argentino de Observación Con Microondas", which is Spanish for "Argentine Microwave-Observation Satellite".

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