Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Puts on Light Show in Tonight's Sky

Used SpaceX Rocket to Launch Satellite Try Historic Landing Tonight Watch Live ‘This Won’t be Subtle’: SpaceX West Coast Launch to Create Large Sonic Boom
Frank Williams | 08 October, 2018, 07:06

Southern California residents are being warned to expect a large sonic boom Sunday evening as SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, then attempts its first-ever landing on the West Coast, according to the company and military officials.

The 3,500-lb. (1,600 kilograms) SAOCOM-1A satellite was developed by Argentina's national space agency, which is known by its Spanish acronym CONAE.

Unspent fuel from the rocket was illuminated by rays from the setting sun, making the contrail visible across wide areas of California.

Earlier, the launch had been planned for Saturday, but SpaceX said Wednesday it was rescheduling the launch and would use the extra time to complete pre-flight checks. Please let us know where you took the image. The sonic boom experienced will depend on weather conditions and other factors.

Elon Musk put it a little more bluntly: "This won't be subtle", he wrote on Twitter.

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After they scored a second, I tried to find some way to equalise the game. "We must trust in ourselves, we must keep working". Mesut Ozil came on as a second-half substitute but is out of the squad completely for the trip to Fulham with a back injury.

The mission got underway at 7:21:28 p.m. PDT (GMT-7; 10:21 p.m. EDT), a bit less than an hour after sunset, when the booster's nine Merlin 1D engines ignited, throttled up to full thrust and quickly pushed the 229-foot-tall rocket away from Launch Complex 4-East.

The satellite is the first of two that will be used for emergency management and for land monitoring.

As The Verge noted, SpaceX hasn't been making sea landings by choice.

SpaceX also has successfully landed Falcon 9 first stages on so-called drone ships off the coasts of Florida and California, all as part of its effort to decrease the cost of space launches by reusing rockets rather than allowing them to fall into the ocean. The second satellite will be SAOCOM 1B.

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