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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

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 Shares Pictures of SpaceX’s New Starship Prototypes

Musk is expected to announce the company’s latest update to the Starship on September 28

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Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. Wikimedia Commons

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has posted two new pictures on Twitter showing the latest construction updates for the Starship rocket prototype that is being built at SpaceXs Boca Chica, Texas facility.

One of the images shows the vehicle, Starship Mk1, which is being assembled at SpaceX’s South Texas facility near the village of Boca Chica, in the background, standing behind a building that contains a variety of parts and other equipment, news portal space.com reported on Wednesday.

Musk captioned the picture: “Droid Junkyard, Tatooine.”

FILE – SpaceX founder Elon Musk tells the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, that he envisions 1,000 passenger ships flying en masse to Mars and says it could become reality within a century, Sept. 27, 2016. VOA

The second photo he posted is of a large metal disc being lowered onto Mk1’s body. This he captioned as “Area 51 of Area 51”.

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SpaceX hopes for Starship to be used as a commercial spacecraft that will be able to take off and land like an airplane. It is expected to be ready by 2021.

Musk is expected to announce the company’s latest update to the Starship on September 28. (IANS)