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SpaceX rocket carrying Argentinian satellite takes off

10 October 2018, 09:28 | Ross Houston

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

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

The SpaceX mission, masterminded by billionaire Elon Musk, marks the 62nd flight of the Falcon 9, a rocket created to land back on Earth so it can be used again. The rocket's previously flown first stage then flipped around and returned to the Vandenberg Air Force Base launch site, chalking up SpaceX's first West Coast landing.

Landing and refurbishing first-stage boosters are key to SpaceX's plans to decrease launch costs. The satellite was deployed about 12 minutes after liftoff.

"Vandenberg, LZ-4, the Falcon has landed", a member of SpaceX's launch team reported.

Arizonans, and presumably Americans all over the country were collectively confused and maybe a little scared when a giant light appeared in the sky on Sunday night.

In California launched a rocket Falcon 9 SpaceX with the Argentine satellite SAOCOM-1A. The boosters burnt for two minutes and 20 seconds when it reached a much lighter atmosphere and that's when the boosters jettisoned from the rocket.

The SAOCOM 1A carries a high-resolution instrument called a synthetic aperture radar, which will be used to try to monitor and predict the severity of natural disasters.

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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).

SpaceX said it will launch a satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg.

The mission's main goal is to gather soil moisture information.

The company also confirmed that the satellite had entered low earth orbit.

"SAOCOM" is short for "Satélite Argentino de Observación Con Microondas", which is Spanish for "Argentine Microwave-Observation Satellite".



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