Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Research | By Dana Schwartz

SpaceX launch and landing in California

SpaceX launch and landing in California

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.

Local residents may see the first stage of the Falcon 9 returning to Vandenberg AFB, including multiple engine burns associated with the landing.

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. "A sonic boom is the sound associated with the shock waves from an aircraft or vehicle traveling faster than the speed of sound".

SpaceX has previously landed first stage rockets on land after Florida launches but had not done so on the West Coast.

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Watch the moment the Falcon 9's booster landed right on the button on LZ-4.

The satellite is the first of two for Argentina's space agency. Flying both satellite constellations along the same orbit supports a rapid response by providing radar readings in emergency situations.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying an Argentinian satellite has blasted off from California. You can expect more rocket landings after this, then. During previous West Coast launches, it has sent out a ship equipped with a giant net to catch parafoil-equipped components of the nosecone as the descend toward the ocean.

The fact that the launch and landing took place near Los Angeles meant there were ample opportunities for Southern Californians to catch the show (and for unwitting observers to register UFO reports).

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