SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch Video And Photos
By Robert Bernstein
SpaceX made another successful launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg!
This was an extraordinary opportunity as the launch was at 7:21 PM at sunset. This allowed for spectacular illumination of the rocket and the gases from the rocket.
She had a bunch of us over for a barbecue and to view this extraordinary event. I left the sound in from the video which includes Danielle and others exclaiming at what we are seeing. Here is the full video:
It is interesting to see how the sky begins to glow orange and then a ball of fire appears above the Farren Road hill
What happened next was absolutely breathtaking. For the first time ever on the west coast, SpaceX attempted to retrieve the booster on land, back at Vandenberg. This meant that the booster had to return to Earth under power to control its position and speed. Ideally for a soft landing.
This image clearly shows the two rockets as bright spots moving away from each other
The rumbling sound of the launch arrived about five minutes after the launch. I was surprised it was not that loud. Of course, our group was a bit loud, too!
The launch placed the SAOCOM 1A satellite in orbit. It is a radar observation satellite for Argentina.
I had been following the launch plans at Space Flight Now online. Most launches have a launch window ranging from a few minutes to several hours. This was most unusual in that it listed just one exact instant for the launch and it did indeed launch at that instant.
Oh... Yes, the retrieval of the booster stage was successful!