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SpaceX Successfully Lands Falcon 9

This was SpaceX's first land landing on the West Coast.

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A used Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on Thursday from Space Launch Complex 4E at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. Wikimedia Commons
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Elon Musk-founded private spaceflight company SpaceX on Sunday successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on land after delivering an Argentinian earth-observation satellite from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The “SAOCOM 1A” satellite was deployed about 12 minutes after lift-off, SpaceX said.

Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage returned to land at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, marking the 30th successful landing of a rocket booster for the company.

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A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket (VOA)

But this was SpaceX’s first land landing on the West Coast. Its previous West Coast landings had all taken place on the company’s drone ships in the Pacific Ocean.

Operated by Argentina’s Space Agency, the National Commission on Space Activities (CONAE), the satellite carries an active instrument consisting of a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), which works in the microwave range of the electromagnetic spectrum, particularly the L-band.

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The mission’s main purpose is to gather soil moisture information. (IANS)

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Elon Musk Hints at Boring Company’s First Tunnel launch

"Electric skates will carry between 8 and 16 passengers, or a single passenger vehicle," according to the Electrek

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Musk hints at Boring Company's first tunnel launch in US. (VOA)

Billionaire Elon Musk on Saturday tweeted a photograph with “The Boring Company” and “December 18” on it, indicating that his infrastructure and tunnel construction firm is set to launch its first tunnel under Los Angeles in the US.

Boring Company was earlier slated to launch the tunnel on December 10 and postponed it.

The company reportedly said they would offer the first public test ride with the electric transport system inside the tunnel.

Earlier in October, Musk had announced that the Boring Company was “almost done” with its maiden test tunnel and they would open the project to the public around December 10.

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Tesla CEO, Elon Musk. (Wikimedia Commons)

According to Elon Musk, the company is building a watchtower at the exit of the tunnel with bricks made from dirt dug out of the tunnel.

In Chicago, the company will reportedly build a “Loop” which they described on their website as: “Loop is a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric skates travelling at 125-150 miles per hour.”

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“Electric skates will carry between 8 and 16 passengers, or a single passenger vehicle,” according to the Electrek.

In order to implement this system, the company will have to dig the tunnels and deploy the infrastructure to move those “autonomous electric skates” inside the tunnels. (IANS)