SpaceX's latest rocket launch dazzles in California's night sky

10 October, 2018, 07:44 | Author: Tara Reeves
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Part of it was from the recovery of the rocket's first-stage booster, which landed back at its launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of Los Angeles, according to the Associated Press.

SpaceX landed the rocket's first stage at a newly built landing pad called LZ-4 that is located near Vandenberg's SLC-4E launch pad where the rocket took off.

The primary goal of the SpaceX mission was to place the SAOCOM 1A satellite in orbit, but SpaceX also wanted to expand its recovery of first stages to its launch site at Vandenberg.

There have been 30 successful SpaceX booster landings in all, including the at-sea and on-land touchdowns in Florida.

Earlier, the launch had been planned for Saturday, but SpaceX said Wednesday it was rescheduling the launch and would use the extra time to complete pre-flight checks.

People across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, were treated to a stunning light show moving across the darkened horizon on Sunday night.

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to warn Californians what was in store for them.

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

Not only did they deliver the satellite - fulfilling a contract the company had to deploy the spacecraft for Argentina's space agency - but the Falcon 9 performed its first landing on the West Coast.

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

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