SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday evening from Vandenberg Air Force base, carrying an Argentinean satellite and marking the first time the Falcon 9 booster returns to land at Vandenberg AFB. The Falcon 9 is a two-stage launch vehicle, meaning it is made up of two parts that carry the payload to orbit. – First Stage: The booster, or first stage, is what carries the payload for roughly the first 2 minutes and 40 seconds of the launch. – Second Stage: The second stage is what the payload is attached to. When the stages separate, the second stage carries the payload to orbit while the booster returns for landing. The first stage for this launch is a recycled booster that flew the Iridium 7 launch in July. That booster landed on a drone ship in the Pacific. For Sunday’s launch, the booster will be landing back at Vandenberg AFB for the first time, on a newly constructed landing pad near the launch site. Liftoff is currently scheduled for 7:22 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday. Sunset at Vandenberg is 6:38 p.m. Pacific Time, so there is a chance we could see an illuminated contrail at the very end… Read full this story
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