Monday, 15 October, 2018

SpaceX rocket launch causes social media stir in Southern California

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from a launch pad in Florida A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from a launch pad in Florida
Doris Mccormick | 08 October, 2018, 07:06

After launching a satellite from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday evening with the Falcon 9 rocket, the spaceflight company brought its first stage booster back to Earth just under eight minutes after liftoff.

"This is great news for everyone here at SpaceX", Tom Praderio, a SpaceX firmware engineer, said during live launch commentary tonight.

The twilight launch created a spectacular sight in the night sky for spectators in Southern California, who took to Twitter to share their incredible photos.

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

The mission got underway at 7:21:28 p.m. PDT (GMT-7; 10:21 p.m. EDT), a bit less than an hour after sunset, when the booster's nine Merlin 1D engines ignited, throttled up to full thrust and quickly pushed the 229-foot-tall rocket away from Launch Complex 4-East.

Elon Musk put it a little more bluntly: "This won't be subtle", he wrote on Twitter.

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Land landings aren't threatened by storms like ocean landings are, and they also allow SpaceX to refurbish the boosters faster, as they don't need to be recovered from sea.

SpaceX calls its California touchdown site Landing Zone 4, presumably because it's part of Vandenberg's Space Launch Complex 4 (SLC-4).

The satellite will be operated by Argentina's space agency, known as the National Commission on Space Activites or by its Spanish-language acronym, CONAE.

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

SAOCOM 1B is planned to launch next year. "Flying both constellations along the same orbit supports a rapid response by providing SAR information in emergency situations".

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