Rocket’s first stage lands back at launch site | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Rocket’s first stage lands back at launch site | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Rocket’s first stage lands back at launch site | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

According to BBC News, the Falcon 9 rocket took an Argentina satellite SAOCOM 1A into space after leaving the Vandenberg Air Force Base, which rests along the northwest coast of Los Angeles.

About 12 minutes later, the SAOCOM 1A satellite was deployed into a low-Earth orbit.

SpaceX has officially crossed another milestone in the company's history just hours ago when it landed the Falcon 9 booster in California - its first ever landing on the West Coast. Previously, the SpaceX ground landings all have been occurred at the company's launch site: Cape Canaveral, Florida, where the company has a pair of launch and landing pads. The Air Force had advised the people in Central California about seeing mysterious lights and also sounds of engine booms while the first stage returned back to its base.

The night sky is lit up above Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., during the launch. It has already achieved success in the recovery of rocket boosters several times during the past missions, both on earth and on drone ships at the sea. Stream launch was conducted on YouTube channel SpaceX, reports the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent. This mission has the main aim to gather soil moisture information.

SpaceX said the primary goal of the mission is to place the SAOCOM 1A satellite into orbit.

To put the satellite into the intended polar orbit, the Falcon 9 quickly arced away to the south over the Pacific Ocean, smoothly accelerating as it consumed its liquid oxygen and kerosene propellants and lost weight. It will also-in partnership with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed X-Band SAR constellation-assist with rapid response during natural disasters. The satellite is one of a planned six-satellite array.

Related news