VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE — Team Vandenberg had a successful launch of the SAOCOM 1A satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4E on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 7:21 p.m. and the first land landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The launch was postponed on Saturday to Sunday to provide the ideal launch conditions as well as the atmospheric one’s for the public to view it clearly.
Many San Luis Obispo County residents were able to see the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch and the red glow it created as it broke free from the atmosphere. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday evening, Oct. 7.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was placing an Argentinian SAOCOM 1A satellite into orbit and was successful in its mission.
Local residents may have witnessed the display of the separation and staging of the rocket that caused a stir in other communities and on social media.
Bystanders could have also seen the first stage of the Falcon 9 returning to Vandenberg AFB, including multiple engine burns associated with the landing.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket had its first land landing at the LZ-4 pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base per officials.
This was the 30th time SpaceX landed a rocket and the 17th successful SpaceX mission this year.
Previously SpaceX landed rockets that were launched from California on an autonomous barge stationed in the Pacific Ocean.
For information regarding the launch, go to the 30th Space Wing Facebook page at www.facebook.com/30thSpaceWing/.