SpaceX Rocket Seen Across California

09 October, 2018, 04:29 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • A graphic explaining sonic booms provided by Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of a planned SpaceX launch on Oct. 7 2018

A bright light could be seen over the southern sky in northern Nevada on Sunday night, and it came courtesy of SpaceX. SpaceX had previously landed five Falcon boosters at sea after West Coast launches, but this was the first West Coast attempt to pull off a "land landing". Residents in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties may hear sonic booms.

On Twitter, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said it "wouldn't be subtle".

Some of the pictures showed the Falcon 9 rocket separating and leaving a rocket trail behind.

SpaceX launched and landed the Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday night - making it the first successful landing of an orbital class rocket booster on West Coast land.

The success achieved in the safe return of the first stage is significant for SpaceX as the company is looking at a reduction in launch cost through such measures. Previous rocket landings had taken place on the East Coast.

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Since landing its first booster back on Earth in 2015, SpaceX has fine-tuned the inspection and refurbishment process. The Associated Press reports that it was carrying an Argentinian satellite into space.

The satellite is the first of two that will be used for emergency management and for land monitoring.

Saocom-1A has an L-band payload created to study soil moisture for agriculture, disaster monitoring and scientific research.

About three minutes after launch, the rocket detached from the "second stage", including the satellite, stopped its forward momentum, and began to fall back toward the earth, according to SpaceX. It will also-in partnership with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed X-Band SAR constellation-assist with rapid response during natural disasters.

Its name is short for Satelite Argentino de Observacion Con Microondas.

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