Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
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SpaceX plans Vandenberg satellite launch Sunday evening may create sonic boom

SpaceX plans Vandenberg satellite launch Sunday evening may create sonic boom

The 30th Space Wing says residents may see multiple engine burns by the first stage and there may be one or more sonic booms. The rocket's first stage successfully returned and landed at the Vandenberg base eight minutes after taking off, while the second stage accomplished the successful deployment of SAOCOM 1A after around 12 minutes of the launch.

The SpaceX mission, masterminded by billionaire Elon Musk, marks the 62nd flight of the Falcon 9, a rocket created to land back on Earth so it can be used again. This was SpaceX's first land landing on the West Coast.

The hype surrounding the latest SpaceX rocket apparently hadn't reached some Californians, who mistook the separation of the Falcon 9 rocket as an otherworldly event. It carries a high-resolution instrument called a synthetic aperature radar that will be used for emergency management and land monitoring.


"This is great news for everyone here at SpaceX", Tom Praderio, a SpaceX firmware engineer, said during live launch commentary tonight. SpaceX has several other missions planned for this year, including the Falcon 9 launches of another 10 Iridium Next satellites, Es'hailSat's Es'hail-2, and the U.S. Air Force's first GPS-3 satellite.

Argentina's satellite will reportedly track natural disasters, crop yields and soil-moisture levels from 385 miles (620km) above the earth. But a successful landing would mean the company would no longer have to rely only on its drone ship for post-launch landings, according to Wired.

That almost identical satellite will launch in "the near future", also on a Falcon 9, according to the mission narrator for the Saocom-1A webcast.

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