USA private spaceflight company SpaceX launched an Argentine Earth-observing satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket, and the booster made its first successful on-land landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sunday.
Hawthorne, Calif. -based SpaceX has been landing rocket boosters regularly at its Florida launch sites, but the California landing pad could allow the company to refurbish rockets at Vandenberg.
Southland residents were treated to a spectacular sight Sunday night as SpaceX launched a satellite into space and landed the rocket back to Earth on Californian soil for the first time in the company's history.
Shortly afterward SpaceX showed a shot of Falcon 9, successfully landed on landing zone 4.
Residents across California were dumbfounded and awe-struck Sunday night as a unusual object ignited the night sky.
In California launched a rocket Falcon 9 SpaceX with the Argentine satellite SAOCOM-1A.
Until now, all the booster landings of SpaceX have all taken place on the deck of the company's drone ship, named Just Read the Instructions.
As the biggest antenna in space for a civil mission, its main objective is to gather soil moisture information.
Elon Musk on Sunday celebrated the successful launch of a rocket carrying a satellite into space days after he was forced to settle the SEC's fraud lawsuit. It will also-in partnership with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed X-Band SAR constellation-assist with rapid response during natural disasters.
SpaceX has a second CONAE satellite, Saocom-1B, that it is also tasked with launching.
"SAOCOM" is short for "Satélite Argentino de Observación Con Microondas", which is Spanish for "Argentine Microwave-Observation Satellite".