Space X Falcon 9
updated: Sep 29, 2013, 2:09 PM
By Anthony Galvan III
Space X Falcon 9 lifts off from Vandenberg
A Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg's Space Launch Complex 4 this morning at 9:01 PDT.
The payload consisted six satellites mounted on the two stage rocket. One of the packages is the Canadian
Space Agency satellite, Cassiope, which will measure space weather in the ionosphere spacecraft with two
packages; an experimental communications satellite and probe designed to record space environment.
Space Exploration, known as Space X, is a private launch firm that modified the older unused Space Launch
Complex -4E to launch the Falcon rocket. This launch is also a test for the private space company to test
upgraded engines and other systems for future launches.
The Falcon 9 is a liquid fueled rocket and will reach orbit in 9 minutes after the two stages send the payload
out of the earth's atmosphere at over 17,000 mph. The Canadian Space Agency package is expected to be placed
in orbit 14 minutes after liftoff.
First photo shows rocket 15 seconds after launch. Second photo shows first stage separation.
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By Dan Seibert
These were taken at Sea Landing in the SB harbor. Lots of tourist departing from the second cruise ship in two days. The object on the roof is a Homeland
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By Steve McGovern
By the end of the day, there will be hundreds of these pictures posted, I suppose, but here are a few more anyway. What I know about launches comes from Star
Trek and movies about miners going to asteroids, but I think this sequence shows the shut down of the main engines leading to the separation of the first
stage of the rocket. It was such a clear morning I bet you could see this in L.A. And, as said previously, it was followed by a long series of sonic booms,
I think, or perhaps just the rumble of the rockets, but it was a sound you could almost feel more than hear. These shots were taken from More Mesa.
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