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

‘This won’t be subtle’: SpaceX West Coast launch will create sonic boom

There's no specified launch window, and that could force SpaceX to move liftoff to October 11th if it has to scrub the launch on the 7th.

Cheers went up from SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., as webcams showed the first stage setting itself down on Landing Zone 4. Now standing just ~1400 feet away from the SLC-4E pad, B1048 could very likely become the first booster SpaceX launches three times - perhaps as soon as November or December, depending on its condition after landing.

SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SAOCOM 1A satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

SpaceX conducted its seventeenth launch of the year October 7, sending an Argentine radar satellite into low-Earth orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket. This is SpaceX's first attempt at a land landing on the West Coast.

Watch the moment the Falcon 9's booster landed right on the button on LZ-4.

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Two minutes later, the second stage engine shut down as planned and two-and-a-half minutes after that, the SAOCOM 1A satellite was released into the planned polar orbit. "This is fantastic news", SpaceX launch commentator Tom Praderio said. Between then and now, the company chalked up 10 more successful landings at the Air Force Station and another 18 on off-shore droneships.

SpaceX has also been experimenting with a procedure to save additional millions of dollars by retrieving the Falcon 9's fairing, or nose cone.

Land landings aren't threatened by storms like ocean landings are, and they also allow SpaceX to refurbish the boosters faster, as they don't need to be recovered from sea.

Argentina's National Commission on Space Activities, or CONAE, will operate the two SAOCOM satellites in cooperation with the Italian Space Agency's COSMO-SkyMed radar satellites. This time, however, the ship - nicknamed Mr. Steven - stayed in port, perhaps due to rough seas in the Pacific.

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