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SpaceX landing at Vandenberg AFB may cause ‘sonic booms’

Posted at 8:34 PM, Oct 06, 2018

The SpaceX launch and booster landing are scheduled for 7:20 p.m. Sunday at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The launch for originally set for Saturday but was rescheduled.

SpaceX is trying for the second mission of landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket at Landing Zone 4. Sunday will mark SpaceX’s first landing attempt at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The booster’s return could cause a number of sonic booms, so even if you don’t see the historic takeoff, you’ll likely hear the rocket’s thunderous return. A sonic boom is a sound associated with the shock waves from an aircraft or vehicle traveling faster than the speed of sound.

How well residents hear the sound or see the launch will depend on weather conditions.