Hawthorne-based SpaceX launch sets off show in skies over Southern California – Daily Breeze


After a few postponements, Hawthorne’s SpaceX celebrated a successful launch of a Falcon 9 carrying a total of 22 Starlink satellites on Monday, April 1 at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Santa Barbara County.

The rocket took off at 7:30 pm, marking the 15th launch for the mission’s booster. It returned to Earth, and successfully landed on SpaceX’s Of Course, I Still Love You drone vessel, stationed offshore.

The rocket’s trail was visible in the sunset skies of Southern California, and over Dodger Stadium as the Blue Crew played the San Francisco Giants.

The launch was originally planned for Thursday, but the mission has been postponed several times due to bad weather in Western Canada.

Starlink, a SpaceX subsidiary, delivers broadband internet through satellites in a low-Earth orbit, according to company officials.

SpaceX is headquartered at the South Bay and designs, builds and launches advanced spacecraft and rockets. Elon Musk, a billionaire entrepreneur who owns Tesla Electric Vehicles and X (formerly Twitter), founded the company in February 2002.

SpaceX launched two Falcon 9 rockets successfully from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on Saturday.

The Eutelsat36D was launched by a Falcon 9 at 5:52 PM on Saturday night. The booster returned to the Just Read the Instructions drone vessel in the Atlantic Ocean shortly after the launch.

Just under four-hours later, at 9:30 p.m., a Falcon 9 rocket with 23 Starlink Satellites was launched by the Cape Canaveral Space Force Launch Complex. Satellites were successfully deployed.

SpaceX almost completed an hour-long test flight on its mega rocket’s third attempt on March 14, but it lost the spacecraft as it returned to Earth.

Two test flight last year ended in explosions moments after liftoff. Elon Musk and NASA hailed this effort as a victory, as Starship flew higher and further than ever before. The space agency is relying on Starship’s ability to land its astronauts in the moon within a few more years.

The Starship, a rocket measuring 400 feet in length, is the most powerful and largest rocket ever built.

NASA needs Starship’s success to land astronauts on moon in two to three years. This new crop of moonwalkers — the first since last century’s Apollo program — will descend to the lunar surface in a Starship after transferring from NASA’s Orion capsule in lunar orbit.

The Associated Press contributed this report


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