SpaceX has successfully completed its first Falcon 9 launch on the West Coast last Sunday night. It was carrying the satellite SAOCOM 1A into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Falcon 9 booster stage landed safely eight minutes after taking off. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted about his company’s achievement after the launch and landing. The residents of Los Angeles were impressed by the rocket’s ascent and shared beautiful pictures as well.
Falcon has landed pic.twitter.com/joqphUs1AO
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 8, 2018
Nope, definitely not aliens.
What you’re looking at is the first launch and landing of the @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the West Coast. The rocket took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:21 p.m. and landed safely back on Earth. ? pic.twitter.com/8AKjGptpps
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) October 8, 2018
— gev (@WhoIsGev) October 8, 2018
The satellite launched through Falcon 9 is from Argentina’s space agency CONAE and will track for natural disasters and measure soil yields all over the world. The launch was a happy event for Musk who is going through various controversies about his unprofessional public conduct. Not very long ago, he declared on Twitter that he would take Tesla private for $420 a share. This tweet earned him a $20 million fine from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and he also stepped down as the Chairman of the company. However, he is still the Chief Executive of the company.