SpaceX's NightLight launches SAOCOM 1A satellite and a successful return of Falcon 9
08 October 2018
It was a text book launch and then recovery of SpaceX's Falcon 9 on Sunday, 07 October at 7:21 p.m. PDT. SpaceX successfully launched the SAOCOM 1A satellite from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The satellite was deployed about 12 minutes after liftoff.
Following stage separation, Falcon 9's first stage returned to land at SpaceX's Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) at Vandenberg Air Force Base. This was SpaceX's first land landing on the West Coast.
Image credit: CONAE - Illustration of the SAOCOM spacecraft