Watch SpaceX's first West Coast ground landing at 10:21PM ET

‘This Won’t be Subtle’: SpaceX West Coast Launch to Create Large Sonic Boom

This is SpaceX's first attempt at a land landing on the West Coast. There's no specified launch window, and that could force SpaceX to move liftoff to October 11th if it has to scrub the launch on the 7th.

After Falcon 9's fireworks, booster B1048 managed a stunning return to Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4), giving local observers a nice triple sonic boom.

Those near the base, which is near Lompoc, may be able to see quite a show as the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket burns its rocket engines to come to a gentle landing back at the air force base, officials said.

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The Falcon 9 launched into orbit late Sunday (Oct. 7) from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base about 158 miles (254 kilometers) north of Los Angeles to deliver the Earth-observation radar satellite SAOCOM-1A into orbit for Argentina's national space agency. A sonic boom sounds like an explosion or thunder and is the result of shock waves from a vehicle traveling faster than sound.

Such sights and sounds are familiar to residents near the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida where SpaceX first landed a Falcon 9 booster in December 2015.

"Vandenberg LZ-4, the Falcon has landed", a member of SpaceX's launch team reported.

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The rocket will carry the Argentinian SOACOM 1A radar mapping satellite.

The satellite is the first of two that will be used for emergency management and for land monitoring.

SpaceX has a second CONAE satellite, Saocom-1B, that it is also tasked with launching. It has previously made such landings on drone ships in the ocean.

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Lighting up the early evening sky, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket streaked away Sunday from California, boosting an Argentine environmental satellite into orbit. Prior landings have taken place on the East Coast.

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