Object weather cleared a SpaceX launch from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on Sunday morning, but the space trading company continued with the second mission planned to explode in the evening.
Conditions improved shortly before the launch at 4:19 p.m. PT (7:19 p.m. Florida) and the Falcon 9 rocket was able to make both a rare flight and a landing from Florida.
It has become routine to see one of SpaceX’s workhorse rockets explode, and then watch the first-stage booster return for a soft landing aboard an autonomous drone off the Atlantic coast. However, this mission involved the rare return of the Falcon 9 directly to land.
About eight minutes after takeoff, the rocket made an accurate landing in Landing Zone 1
Meanwhile, the engine of the second stage of the rocket delivered into orbit the Argentine Earth observation satellite Saocom 1B.
SpaceX has made only one more landing in the last 12 months as part ofon March 7. Many factors affect whether SpaceX will land on the shore or on a drone, such as the trajectory of the flight and how far the rocket is from shore after it is separated from the second-stage rocket.
The Falcon 9 flew a rare polar trajectory to the South Pole on Sunday. After the launch, the Falcon 9 circumnavigated the coast of Florida, which allowed for an attempt to land on the ground. This marks the first orbital launch from Florida to use this southern polar corridor since 1960.
The launch was originally scheduled for Thursday, butfrom Cape Canaveral had a ripple effect that led to the deposition.
During the voyage are also two smaller spacecraft, a commercial radar satellite called Sequoia, and a weather satellite called Gnomes-1.
The presentation of SpaceX on the Saocom 1A satellite in 2018 was also presented, but at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This launch was also originally scheduled to take place off the West Coast, but was eventually relocated to Florida and postponed due in part to .
The Starlink mission, which was scheduled for Sunday morning, will now be SpaceX’s next mission and is scheduled for Tuesday at 6:29 p.m. PT.