‘This won’t be subtle’: SpaceX West Coast launch will create sonic boom

08 October, 2018, 06:24 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • ‘This Won’t be Subtle’: SpaceX West Coast Launch to Create Large Sonic Boom

Three readers reported seeing an unusual light in the southern skies.

"Local residents may see the first stage of the Falcon 9 returning to Vandenberg AFB, including multiple engine burns associated with the landing", an advisory from the base explained.

Most likely this is related to the SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket which launched around 7:30 p.m.

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

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

It will be SpaceX's first time trying to land one of its reusable rockets on the West Coast.

In keeping with that vision, tonight marked the second flight for this particular Falcon 9 first stage, which also helped loft 10 Iridium Next commercial communications satellites from Vandenberg on July 25.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Argentinian Earth-observation satellite into space Sunday and for the first time landed a first-stage booster back at its California launch site.

As The Verge noted, SpaceX hasn't been making sea landings by choice.

A look at Landing Zone 4, SpaceX's newest rocket landing site, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The launch of the satellite, SAOCOM 1A, is being conducted for Argentina's space agency.

SAOCOM-1A's radar measurements will track soil-moisture levels, thereby aiding forecasts of crop yields. Both spacecraft will make similar observations from orbit, which will be integrated with measurements made by a network of Italian satellites.

The satellite is the first of two that will be used for emergency management and for land monitoring. Its name is short for Satelite Argentino de Observacion Con Microondas.

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