This time, the experts minutely calculated the choreographed orbital gymnastics and the first stage booster of the famous Falcon 9 rocket stuck its flawless landing in the center of SpaceX's new landing pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base, LZ-4. This new satellite whose name is SAOCOM 1A will get operated by Argentina's Space Agency CONAE. The brilliant entrepreneur successfully launched a satellite into space on Sunday night (October 7).
The SpaceX launch marked a continuation of Elon Musk's company's efforts to develop reusable rockets with the goal of saving costs and bringing in more business.
The mission, mainly to gather soil moisture information, consists of a constellation of two identical satellites, SAOCOM 1A and 1B, both of which carry an L-Band SAR polarimetric instrument. The rocket has used the Falcon 9 booster which was flown for the very first time in July 2018.
Currently, they are undergoing the final evolution as the vehicle will be carrying the tourist to the Moon shortly.
SpaceX Falcon 9 marked a new milestone by becoming the company's first to take off and land on the U.S. west coast. The success of this mission is a further step in that direction, as successful landings of the reusable parts of Falcon 9 rocket considerably reduce post-launch processes. The company says that this is the 30th landing of a booster, but this is the first land touchdown on the West Coast as the rest have all happened on land in Florida and from platforms out at sea. This will save the time as the rocket will not travelling much for the launch site and this will help the company to reuse the same in less time.