Successful Vandenberg Rocket Launch on Friday Morning

SpaceX launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base on December 1, 2023 (courtesy)

Update by the edhat staff
December 1, 2023

SpaceX had a successful  Falcon 9 launch of the Korea 425 mission to low-Earth orbit from Vandenberg Space Force Base on Friday.

The rocket departed from Space Launch Complex 4 East at 10:19 a.m.

There are a total of 25 spacecraft on board this mission, including KOREA’s 425, Space BD’s ISL48, SITAEL’s microHETSat, D-Orbit’s ION SCV Daring Diego, York Space Systems’ Bane, and PlanetIQ’s GNOMES-4.

This is the 17th flight of the first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously launched Crew-1, Crew-2, SXM-8, CRS-23, IXPE, Transporter-4, Transporter-5, Globalstar FM15, ISI EROS C-3, and seven Starlink missions.

Following stage separation, the first stage landed on Landing Zone 4 at Vandenberg Space Force Base, completing SpaceX’s 250th landing of a Falcon first stage booster.

Subscriber Chuck Cagara writes, “What goes up must (partially) come down! Elon Musk’s SpaceX has produced a remarkable feat – launching payloads into orbit atop reusable rocket boosters. Today’s launch was memorable because the first stage booster landed back at Vandenberg rather than on a drone ship in the Pacific. Thus, we were treated to a glimpse of the booster descending as its rocket motors were initially ignited to slow the descent, not to mention a loud, rumbling sonic boom.” Photo by Chuck Cagara
“Shortly thereafter, a final burn and the deployment of tripod-like legs would let the craft perform a pillow-soft landing,” writes Chuck Cagara

Watch the liftoff below:

Update by the edhat staff
November 28, 2023

The Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base has been rescheduled.

The new launch date is expected to be Friday, December 1, at 10:04 a.m.

A rocket launch is scheduled to liftoff from Vandenberg Space Force Base on Wednesday morning.

The Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to depart from the south base at 10:04 a.m.

This will launch the 425 Project EO/IR satellite 1 reconnaissance satellite for South Korea. The satellite is the first of five missions planned by the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) for a program known as the ‘425 Project’.

Also onboard is EIRSAT-1, Ireland’s first satellite, a 2U cubesat which was funded by the Education Office of the European Space Agency.

Weather permitting, the launch could be visible for up to 100 miles.

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  1. This is good to hear – we heard a very loud bang a few minutes after all the usual rumbling was done, and I was worried that something had gone wrong, as we don’t normally hear that. Anyone know what that was?

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