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Strange Light in Sky Is A Rocket Launch

Strange Light in Sky Is A Rocket Launch

The company views ground-based rocket landings as better for expediting reuse, since drone ship landings require time to return to port.

The Falcon's first stage will then fly back to Vandenberg and set down in a landing zone on the coastal base. There's no specified launch window, and that could force SpaceX to move liftoff to October 11th if it has to scrub the launch on the 7th. "We're all very excited".

The Air Force warned southern California area residents to expect unfamiliar sonic booms, meanwhile in Reno rays of light lit up the night sky.

Californians posted videos and photos of the skies after the successful take-off, including Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti.

"Nope, definitely not aliens, "Garcetti wrote on Twitter as he posted an fantastic photo".

The feat was achieved on Sunday evening as the company launched an earth-imaging commercial satellite for Argentina called SAOCOM 1A.




The rocket lifted off at about 7:21 p.m. local time, and landed about 12 minutes later after delivering its package to orbit.

The event marked the company's first West Coast landing on dry land.

SpaceX launched (and landed!) its Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, which sits just north of Los Angeles.

Since landing its first booster back on Earth in 2015, SpaceX has fine-tuned the inspection and refurbishment process. Prior landings have taken place on the East Coast. The rocket boosted an Argentine environmental satellite into orbit.

According to SpaceX's press release, SAOCOM 1A is carrying an "active instrument consisting of a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), which works in the microwave range of the electromagnetic spectrum, particularly the L-band".


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