SpaceX lights up California sky in successful West coast landing zone debut

The first Block 5 Falcon 9 at Kennedy Space Center.                  SpaceX

The first Block 5 Falcon 9 at Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX

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.

The 30th Space Wing said in a news release Tuesday that Central Coast residents may see the first stage of the Falcon 9 returning to Vandenberg. Now standing just ~1400 feet away from the SLC-4E pad, B1048 could very likely become the first booster SpaceX launches three times - perhaps as soon as November or December, depending on its condition after landing.

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. A sonic boom sounds like an explosion or thunder and is the result of shock waves from a vehicle traveling faster than sound.

If the mission goes according to plan, Sunday night will mark SpaceX's first landing of this sort on the West Coast.

Watch the moment the Falcon 9's booster landed right on the button on LZ-4.

More than 1000 may still be missing in Indonesia disaster
President Joko Widodo has ordered it be repaired and maintained. "There is no such thing as looting", he said on a visit to Palu . Workers said they meant to fix all the damage to the networks and substations and get them reconnected to the grid within days.

SAOCOM 1A 3,000-kilogram satellite built by INVAP and this deployment was done in conjunction with Argentina's space agency with the objective of radar-imaging the earth.

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

SAOCOM 1, together with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed X-Band SAR constellation, make up the Italian-Argentine Satellite System for Emergency Management, or SIASGE. You can expect more rocket landings after this, then. All previous recoveries in California used a drone ship to land boosters out at sea.

The second satellite will be SAOCOM 1B.

The fact that the launch and landing took place near Los Angeles meant there were ample opportunities for Southern Californians to catch the show (and for unwitting observers to register UFO reports).

Latest News