April 19, 2024
The vapor path twists within the wind minutes after the launch on this picture from Del Mar. Picture by Chris Jennewein

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Area Drive Base shortly after sundown lit up the sky over San Diego in what’s turning into a comparatively frequent prevalence in Southern California.

The rocket lifted off at 7:30 p.m. and put 22 Starlink web satellites into orbit.

The primary stage, which had reportedly flown 14 occasions earlier than, later landed efficiently on the drone ship “Of Course I Nonetheless Love You” within the Pacific Ocean.

The launch had initially be scheduled for Saturday, however was delayed by dangerous climate on the launch website close to Santa Barbara.

SpaceX plans to launch a complete 12,000 Starlink satellites to create a community providing international web entry.

The Falcon 9 is the world’s most dependable orbital-class rocket, with over 250 profitable flights to this point.