When the skies in the U.S. state of California lit up on Sunday, some people actually thought it was a UFO. (SpaceX) achieved another milestone by successfully landing its first Falcon 9 rocket back at the California base after around 8 minutes of lift-off.
SAOCOM 1A 3,000-kilogram satellite built by INVAP and this deployment was done in conjunction with Argentina's space agency with the objective of radar-imaging the earth.
The Air Force is warning residents on California's central coast to be prepared for unusual sights and sounds this weekend as SpaceX attempts its first return of a rocket to launch site on the West Coast.
On Twitter, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said it "wouldn't be subtle". At the time, the launch was scheduled to occur from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean where SpaceX launched the now retired Falcon 1. Before landing on the ground was carried out on the territory of the cosmodrome at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
SpaceX has a second CONAE satellite, Saocom-1B, that it is also tasked with launching.
Viewers took to social media to speculate on the rocket, which was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, which is about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
On orbit, was successfully launched SAOCOM-1A - the first of two Argentine reconnaissance satellites.
If anything goes wrong during the launch and landing, there is a risk of explosion.
SAOCOM 1A carries a high-resolution instrument called a synthetic aperture radar that will be used for emergency management during disasters and for land monitoring. The Associated Press reports that it was carrying an Argentinian satellite into space. This mission has the main aim to gather soil moisture information.
Argentina's domestic satellite manufacturer INVAP built the satellite with assistance from other agencies and domestic companies.
The satellite was deployed into obit about 12 minutes after launch. Its acronym is short for Satelite Argentino de Observacion Con Microondas.