Falcon 9 Block 5 | SAOCOM 1A

SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 Block 5 Rocket

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SpaceX was scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket as part of the SAOCOM 1A mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Sun, Oct 7th, 2018, 10:21 PM EDT from Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg AFB, CA. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Falcon 9 Block 5 and experience the excitement for yourself. The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket landed at LZ-4. This was the first attempt of an RTLS at Vandenberg.

Mission

SAOCOM 1A

The SAOCOM 1A spacecraft is the first of the two SAOCOM constellation satellites. It is tasked with hydrology and land observaion, and will also operate jointly with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed constellation in X-band to provide frequent information relevant for emergency management.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg AFB, CA

Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

Rocket

Falcon 9 Block 5

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The Block 5 variant is the fifth major interval aimed at improving upon the ability for rapid reusability.

SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket landed at LZ-4. This was the first attempt of an RTLS at Vandenberg.

Falcon 9 booster B1048 is a reusable orbital-class Block 5 Falcon 9 first-stage booster manufactured by SpaceX. B1048 was the third Falcon 9 block 5 to fly and the second block 5 booster to re-fly. It became the second orbital-class booster to fly a third time.

Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4)

LZ at Vandenberg

Return to Landing Site (RTLS)

A return to landing site usually means that after stage separation the booster flips and does a burn back towards the launch site landing near where it initially launched from.

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