SpaceX company launched the 62nd launch of the Falcon 9 rocket – as part of the mission, the Argentinean satellite SAOCOM-1A was delivered to orbit. The first stage of the rocket then successfully landed on a ground platform on the coast of California. This happened eight minutes after takeoff.
Falcon has landed pic.twitter.com/joqphUs1AO
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 8, 2018
Nope, definitely not aliens.
What you’re looking at is the first launch and landing of the @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the West Coast. The rocket took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:21 p.m. and landed safely back on Earth. 🚀 pic.twitter.com/8AKjGptpps
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) October 8, 2018
SpaceX conducted more than two dozen landings of the spent stages, using for this purpose water robotic platforms, as well as platforms at the US Air Force base at Cape Canaveral. Landing on the earth’s platform on the West Coast of the United States was the first, writes Space.
In the future, SpaceX plans to carry out all landings on solid ground, as this simplifies the process of re-launching rockets – less cost is required to return the stages to the launch sites.