Musk's SpaceX lands rocket at California base

Musk's SpaceX lands rocket at California base

SpaceX successfully launched a satellite to space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County Sunday - and then they stuck the landing.

The Falcon 9 first stage booster landed in the center of LZ-4, SpaceX's landing pad at Vandenburg Air Force Base.

Local residents may see the first stage of the Falcon 9 returning to Vandenberg AFB, including multiple engine burns associated with the landing. SpaceX already has recovered rocket boosters several times, both on land in Florida and on drone ships at sea.

The rocket deployed Argentine satellite SAOCOM 1A into orbit approximately 12 minutes after its launch.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying an Argentinian satellite has blasted off from California.

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The hype surrounding the latest SpaceX rocket apparently hadn't reached some Californians, who mistook the separation of the Falcon 9 rocket as an otherworldly event.

SpaceX has a contract to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station as part of what's known as the "Commercial Crew" programme with Nasa, but the timeline for the first flights has slipped repeatedly. SpaceX got in on the action themselves, sharing four photos of the dazzling light display.

A graphic explaining sonic booms, provided by Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of a planned SpaceX launch on October 7, 2018.

SAOCOM 1A carries a high-resolution instrument called a synthetic aperature radar that will be used for emergency management during disasters and for land monitoring. "The rocket took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:21 p.m. and landed safely back on Earth". This mission has the main aim to gather soil moisture information.

The launch also looked just as stunning in video.

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