Rocket’s first stage lands back at launch site

Rocket’s first stage lands back at launch site

Rocket’s first stage lands back at launch site

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.

Since landing its first booster back on Earth in 2015, SpaceX has fine-tuned the inspection and refurbishment process.

Before sticking the flawless landing on the soil, the Falcon 9 rocket delivered the latest Earth-observing satellite of Argentina, dubbed SAOCOM-1A, into space.

The SpaceX Falcon 9's first stage booster stuck its landing in the center of LZ-4, SpaceX new landing pad which is located now at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Prior landings have taken place on the East Coast.

"Sonic boom warning. This won't be subtle", SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Saturday ahead of the launch. All previous recoveries in California used a drone ship to land boosters out at sea.

The satellite was deployed into obit about 12 minutes after launch.

Viewers took to social media to speculate on the rocket, which was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, which is about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SAOCOM 1A satellite launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:21 p.m. PDT. The satellite is created to provide radar imagery to help emergency responders and monitor the environment, including the collection of soil moisture measurements.

The mission's main objective is to gather soil moisture information.

Part of a two-satellite system operated by Argentina's National Commission on Space Activities (CONAE), SAOCOM 1A uses synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to monitor Earth. Stream launch was conducted on YouTube channel SpaceX, reports the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent. The second satellite will be SAOCOM 1B.

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