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WATCH: SpaceX sends German satellite into space aboard Falcon 9 rocket

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Posted at 7:03 AM, Jun 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-18 22:25:11-04

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 7:19 a.m. on Saturday.


About eight minutes after launch, SpaceX successfully landed the rocket's first-stage booster back at the base so it can be used again in the future. This particular booster has already been used twice before to launch the NROL-87 and NROL-85 missions.

Officials said the process of landing the booster back on Earth could create a sonic boom potentially audible to people in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties.

The rocket is delivering the SARah-1 Earth observation satellite into orbit.

The reconnaissance satellite was built by Airbus for the German military.