Being its seventeenth mission of the year, SpaceX launched the Argentine SAOCOM 1A satellite into the orbit on October 7 at 7:21 p.m. PDT.
The satellite would be operated by CONAE, Argentina’s space agency, and use radar sensors for tracking moisture in the soil and other indicators that help farmers in making decisions with respect to their planning of crop irrigation and predict natural calamities such as floods.
SpaceX has achieved success in developing the world’s only functional rocket that is reusable and allows the company to provide discounts to their customers. On the lines that the company’s fastest turn-around time is eleven weeks, the company is still far from reaching its goal of flying the same rocket twice in a mere span of 24 hours.
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
After the launch of this satellite, engineers would attempt to land the booster on the landing pad near the Vandenberg Air Force base. This would be their first attempt in landing the booster directly to west coast base different from their conventional off-shore autonomous drone ship landing. With such a landing, the company would be able to achieve faster turn-around time for reuse.
SpaceX had a record of launching 18 satellites in the previous year. In the year 2018, the company is determined to exceed that number with greater precision and operational excellence being their key goals.
Moreover, their partnership with NASA would further support the development in the aerospace. The deal enables carrying astronauts to the International Space Station, which is the next big thing on the list for this aerospace company. On account of this, the company would launch a Dragon Spacecraft with NASA astronauts aboard in the year 2019.
Although their unmanned demonstration of the new Dragon Spacecraft has been postponed from December 2018 to January 2019, the company aims to achieve their goals effectively in the coming years. Followed by the first demonstration without humans, the two NASA astronauts would fly in the Dragon Spacecraft.
Since its inception in 2002, the company aims to revolutionize space technology with the ultimate goal of enabling people to reside on other planets. SpaceX manufactures, designs, and launches next-generation spacecraft and rockets. With the launch of such satellites, the company is heading towards achieving their mission of manufacturing effective spacecraft and satellite solutions and further extend their capabilities with the partnerships.