SpaceX Launches Falcon 9 with SAOCOM satellite

SpaceX					SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Block 5 ready for first Return-To-Launch-Site booster landing

The innovative company launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellite SAOCOM 1A to space around 7:20 p.m.

This footage shows the rocket lighting up the sky above Los Angeles, California.

If you saw a unusual light in the sky Sunday night, you're not the only one.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk was a bit more succinct in a pre-launch tweet: "Sonic boom warning". Previous launches on the West Coast have seen SpaceX's boosters land on specialised drone barges.

So, no, it wasn't aliens landing in Los Angeles, but if they ever do, we can all rest easy knowing there will be lots of videos on Twitter about it. The first stage returned back to the Earth base, landing about 8 minutes after its takeoff.

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Videos of the rocket's liftoff also drew attention.

The satellite is the first of two for Argentina's space agency, the Comision Nacional de Actividades Espaciales, and will work in conjunction with a constellation of Italian space agency satellites. This was SpaceX's first land landing on the West Coast. The booster first saw action back in July, delivering 10 Iridium NEXT communications satellites into orbit.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from a launch pad in Florida on March 30, 2017.

The notoriously foggy launch site provided a rare clear day for the private aerospace company; the only visible clouds were those formed by gaseous liquid oxygen bleeding off from the vehicle itself, according to SpaceX engineer Tom Praderio.

U.S. Air Force officials warned residents of multiple counties across the Golden State earlier this week that they might hear "one or more sonic booms" during the landing attempt. It carries carries a high-resolution synthetic aperture radar to be used for emergency management and land monitoring, The Associated Press reported.

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