Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

SpaceX to launch and land Falcon 9 rocket from Southern California

SpaceX to launch and land Falcon 9 rocket from Southern California

SpaceX first started leasing the California landing space from the Air Force in 2015 but only recently received an approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to make a return landing of this sort, Wired reports.

The descent was heralded in dramatic fashion by loud sonic booms that rumbled across Southern California as the rocket homed in on its landing pad. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Reveals Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa Will Fly Around the Moon on the Big Falcon Rocket. Musk has also co-founded several successful companies including Tesla, OpenAI, Neuralink, and PayPal.

The event marked the company's first West Coast landing on dry land.

"Sonic boom warning. This won't be subtle", he wrote.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch on Sunday evening.

The Air Force warned residents on the central California coast they might see multiple engine burns by the first stage and hear one or more sonic booms as it returned. Once again, the light is from a SpaceX launch.

But as always, the landing was a secondary objective. Boosters are shorter-burning rocket motors/engines that are used alongside the main rockets to augment the space vehicle's takeoff thrust and payload capacity during initial stage launch. Most likely this is related to the SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket which launched around 7:30 p.m. The satellite was deployed about 12 minutes after liftoff.

Using titanium "grid fins" at the top of the rocket for steering and attitude control, the booster plummeted tail-first toward Vandenberg. After cancelling out a velocity of roughly 2 kilometers per second in the wrong direction, B1048 dropped nearly straight down from a peak altitude of ~50 km to the landing zone, punctuated by a reentry burn used to protect the rocket from the brunt of atmospheric reentry heating.

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