Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Weird light in Arizona sky is from SpaceX launch

Two streaks in this long exposure Social media lights up with SpaceX satellite launch
Frank Williams | 08 October, 2018, 23:45

The feat was achieved on Sunday evening as the company launched an earth-imaging commercial satellite for Argentina called SAOCOM 1A.

Scores of people across San Diego County watched - and in many cases photographed - the contrail of a Falcon 9 rocket that soared into space on Sunday night from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc.

SpaceX had previously flown first-stage rockets back to land after Florida launches but had not done so on the West Coast.

In metro Phoenix, witnesses hit up social media with photos and videos of the peculiar streak of light and ghostlike images they saw.

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.

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The U.S. Air Force last week warned central California residents of an expected sonic boom (or two) as the first stage of the Falcon 9 returned to Vandenberg AFB.

A graphic explaining sonic booms, provided by Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of a planned SpaceX launch on October 7, 2018. The company views ground-based rocket landings as better for expediting reuse, since drone ship landings require time to return to port. The booster first saw action back in July, delivering 10 Iridium NEXT communications satellites into orbit.

It's the very first time SpaceX (or anyone) has successfully landed a rocket on the West Coast. The mission's main objective is to gather soil moisture information. It was the 30th successful landing for SpaceX out of 62 total launches and the 12th on land.

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

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