SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch Video and Photos
By Robert Bernstein
SpaceX made another successful launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg!
Here is my video of the launch.
And here are photos I have extracted that are of special interest.
This was the view a few seconds later
It begins to look like a giant jellyfish in the sky!
Within just a couple of minutes, the satellite payloads are placed in space
And all that is left in the sky is a puff of dissipating smoke
The launch occurred at 6:17AM Thursday after many previous delays and re-schedules. I was viewing from our home near Girsh Park in Goleta. The rumbling sound of the launch arrived about five minutes after the launch. I was surprised it was not that loud. About all you could hear was the rattle of windows.
The launch placed the Paz satellite in orbit. Paz is a radar imaging satellite which will be operated by Spanish company Hisdesat. The spacecraft will provide day and night, all-weather imaging capabilities for Hisdesat's customer, Spain's Ministry of Defense.
The launch also placed two test satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network. These are called Microsat-2a and 2b.
I had been following the launch plans at Space Flight Now on line. 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.