July 17, 2024

Westside People

Complete News World

SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket from Southern California

SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket from Southern California

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Station in California on Friday evening.

The rocket lifted off at 8:14 p.m. PDT.


Friday night’s mission, called NROL-186, involved transporting payload for the rover national reconnaissance office, A government agency responsible for designing and building spy satellites for the United States.

After being released vertically, the Falcon gradually began to rotate while continuing to climb into orbit.

After the stage separated after liftoff, the Falcon rocket’s reusable booster vehicle landed precisely on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship, stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in Southern California, carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, the government agency responsible for building US spy satellites, on June 28, 2024. (SpaceX)
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Spaceport in Southern California, carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, a government agency responsible for building U.S. spy satellites, on June 28, 2024. (SpaceX)
SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Base in Southern California, carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, the government agency responsible for building US spy satellites, on June 28, 2024. (SpaceX)
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in Southern California, carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, a government agency responsible for building U.S. spy satellites, on June 28, 2024. (SpaceX)
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in Southern California, carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, a government agency responsible for building U.S. spy satellites, on June 28, 2024. (SpaceX)
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Spaceport in Southern California, carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, a government agency responsible for building U.S. spy satellites, on June 28, 2024. (SpaceX)
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket returned to Earth and made a precision landing on the drone spacecraft.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket returned to Earth and made a surprise landing on its unmanned spaceship.
SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in Southern California, carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, the government agency responsible for building US spy satellites, on June 28, 2024. (SpaceX)

The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage booster has completed eight launches so far.

The booster has previously launched Crew-7, CRS-29, PACE, Transporter-10, EarthCARE, and two Starlink missions.

The launch could be seen Friday evening from hundreds of miles away along the Southern California coast.

The mission was the 66th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket in 2024. To date, 47 of the rocket’s launches have been dedicated to building SpaceX’s Starlink broadband satellite network in low Earth orbit.

Footage of the launch can be viewed in the video player above.

See also  A mysterious fast radio explosion in space has a 'heartbeat' pattern.