SpaceX Launch Seen in Local Skies

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch on Sunday evening. (Photo by edhat reader EastBeach)

Source: Vandenberg Air Force Base

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SAOCOM 1A satellite launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:21 p.m. PDT. SpaceX completed the secondary mission of landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket at Landing Zone 4, which was previously called SLC-4W, at Vandenberg Air Force Base. This was SpaceX's first land landing attempt at Vandenberg Air Force Base.


Edhat readers share their photos of the Space X Launch that lit up local skies on Sunday evening.

By Tom Modugno

By Jimbo

SpaceX Nebula

By EastBeach

These photos of Sunday evening's SpaceX launch were taken from the Gaviota coast north of Refugio State Park, about 30 miles south of VAFB; (1) launch, (2) separated second and first stages, (3) first stage descending with rockets ignited, (4) second stage carrying the Argentine satellite.

By © Anthony Galván III

Space-X successfully launched an Argentinian radar observation satellite from Vandenberg AFB this evening at 7:21 PDT. The launch was historic as Space-X brought the lst stage booster back to Vandenberg next to the launch pad the payload has left less than 20 minutes earlier.

The reusable booster assembly makes the use of rockets more affordable for a wide range of customers across the globe.

 

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EastBeach Oct 10, 2018 11:00 AM
SpaceX Launch Seen in Local Skies

Here's a very nice figure showing the "flight profile" of the Falcon 9 from launch to landing (you can see what the first stage booster does to get back to the launch area and when it turns on/off its engines) ...... https://i.stack.imgur.com/3zJ0c.png ..... If you prefer seeing the original paper instead of a redirected link, the illustration is in this paper ....... https://waset.org/publications/10007013/minimum-fuel-optimal-trajectory-for-reusable-first-stage-rocket-landing-using-particle-swarm-optimization

Waterboy Oct 09, 2018 09:07 AM
SpaceX Launch Seen in Local Skies

Great photographs. Thanks to all that contributed. I believe the ripples mentioned by Lzsuri are the result of stabilizing rockets being fired to halt the rapid spinning of the recently-separated booster rocket.

a-1539957189 Oct 09, 2018 06:08 AM
SpaceX Launch Seen in Local Skies

Elon Musk was in Lompoc for the launch, and was at a local bar after. I would enjoy shaking his hand.

macpuzl Oct 08, 2018 12:31 PM
SpaceX Launch Seen in Local Skies

Some exquisite time lapses on the BBC: =========================================================== https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-45788595/spacex-lights-up-the-skies-above-california

lzsuri Oct 08, 2018 09:28 AM
SpaceX Launch Seen in Local Skies

Can anyone explain the first photo by Tom Modugno? Is that the satellite making those ripples? Why is it making ripples? I watched this launch and it was so exciting. Nice to see some excellent shots!

tagdes Oct 08, 2018 09:52 AM
SpaceX Launch Seen in Local Skies

That's the 1st stage booster separating, the ripples are from firing for it's alignment to bring it back down to the pad.

a-1539957189 Oct 08, 2018 09:17 AM
SpaceX Launch Seen in Local Skies

Although my nearby neighbors seemed to be away (maybe watching on the #154?), I would hear yells and whooping from many other areas of our neighborhood. Shared viewing thrills I'll always remember!

a-1539957189 Oct 08, 2018 09:04 AM
SpaceX Launch Seen in Local Skies

Hands down the coolest launch we've ever seen. Great show ! Great scientific advancement, and great fun to watch. Thanks for posting all the images. Fantastic!

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