USA private spaceflight company SpaceXlaunched 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.
Before sticking the ideal landing on the soil, the Falcon 9 rocket delivered the latest Earth-observing satellite of Argentina, dubbed SAOCOM-1A, into space.
The SAOCOM 1A satellite, operated by Argentina's Space Agency the National Commission on Space Activities, carries an active instrument consisting of a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), which works in the microwave range of the electromagnetic spectrum, particularly the L-band, the operating frequency range of 1-2 GHz in the radio spectrum.
The Falcon 9 rocket took off from California's Vandenberg base at 07:21 PM, local time, on Sunday. The rocket has used the Falcon 9 booster which was flown for the very first time in July 2018.
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. After the launch of the first stage of the rocket, made a successful landing at the spaceport.
According to a Facebook post by the Air Force's 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg, "local residents" can expect to see something of the rocket itself as it returns to the base, while people as far as Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties may hear thunderclap-like sonic booms, depending on the weather.
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 rocket at launch seen in a still shot of the SpaceX video. The residents of Los Angeles were impressed by the rocket's ascent and shared attractive pictures as well.
Currently, the company has set the target of launching about 24 mission to space.