SpaceX puts up a good show; Falcon 9 booster sticks ideal landing

  • SpaceX puts up a good show; Falcon 9 booster sticks ideal landing

SpaceX puts up a good show; Falcon 9 booster sticks ideal landing

United States 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.

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. This satellite will be using the radar sensors to track soil moisture as well as with other indicators which can help the farmers to decide the plan as well as to irrigate the crops. Video shows the moment of launch the Falcon 9 with the satellite.

The sight of the Falcon in the sky was even more spectacular thanks to the halo of light that surrounded the rocket during ascent and booster separation. The move marked the rocket's first and reusable stage, which landed successfully. The residents of Los Angeles were impressed by the rocket's ascent and shared lovely pictures as well.

The rocket took off from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, and as it ascended to orbit it became visible for people in San Francisco and Sacramento in California, Phoenix in Arizona and a few in Nevada. The Air Force has issued a circular in this regard to the residents of the Central California coast as they may experience some multiple sonic booms when these rockets are returning to the base.

It marked the first time that SpaceX has pulled off its rocket recovery method on land on the West Coast, reported Xinhua.

Currently, the company has set the target of launching about 24 mission to space.