Thursday, 18 October, 2018

SpaceX launches Argentine satellite, posts first ground-landing on West Coast

The first Block 5 Falcon 9 at Kennedy Space Center.                  SpaceX The first Block 5 Falcon 9 at Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX
Eleanor Moreno | 08 October, 2018, 08:37

About half an hour later, the first stage booster was sent back to the base, the first time the company has landed this type of rocket on the West Coast.

Saocom-1A is a 3,000-kilogram synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite for the Argentine space agency CONAE that was contracted in 2009 for a launch in 2012.

The rocket being used in Sunday's mission was previously employed in a June launch.

The Union-Tribune was soon flooded with photos that came in from such places as San Diego International Airport, Point Loma Nazarene University, Otay Ranch in Chula Vista, the coastal area of Encinitas, and from people in Tijuana. Please let us know where you took the image. At the time, the launch was scheduled to occur from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean where SpaceX launched the now retired Falcon 1.


SpaceX inaugurated its West Coast rocket-landing pad in style.

After it separated from the second stage, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket arrested its forward movement, and began falling back toward Earth. It's the 30th successful landing of a rocket booster.

If anything goes wrong during the launch and landing, there is a risk of explosion. The satellite is created to provide radar imagery to help emergency responders and monitor the environment, including the collection of soil moisture measurements.

A look at Landing Zone 4, SpaceX's newest rocket landing site, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The mission will also help planners and emergency-management officials keep tabs on wildfires, floods and other disasters. The second satellite will be SAOCOM 1B. Flying both satellite constellations along the same orbit supports a rapid response by providing radar readings in emergency situations.

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