SpaceX rocket launch causes social media stir in Southern California

Rosemary Collier
October 8, 2018

The satellite is the first of two for Argentina's space agency, Comision Nacional de Actividades Espaciales, and will work in conjunction with a constellation of Italian space agency satellites.

Photographer Joaquin Baldwin captured this spectacular image of SpaceX's successful Falcon 9 rocket launch and landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on October 7, 2018.

A Space X Falcon 9 rocket was set to take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California around 7:21 p.m.

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The descent was heralded in dramatic fashion by loud sonic booms that rumbled across Southern California as the rocket homed in on its landing pad. Between then and now, the company chalked up 10 more successful landings at the Air Force Station and another 18 on off-shore droneships.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket's first stage has landed back at its California launch site after carrying an Argentinian satellite into space. The instantaneous launch opportunity is on Sunday, October 7 at 7:21 p.m. PDT, or Monday, October 8 at 2:21 UTC, and the satellite will be deployed about 12 minutes after launch.

Residents in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties also may hear sonic booms. This may include multiple engine burns.

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SpaceX has a second CONAE satellite, Saocom-1B, that it is also tasked with launching. 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 has a goal of using the boosters up to ten times with little maintenance, and 100 with refurbishment, as well as being able to relaunch boosters 24 hours after landing.

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