If you’ve ever wanted to launch a rocket into the Earth’s atmosphere and then safely land it back down onto a launch pad, now is your chance.
On August, 30 Elon Musk decided to strap a camera onto the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket during the SAOCOM 1B mission, and uploaded that video to YouTube for all to enjoy.
The SAOCOM 1B mission was the first SpaceX launch to a polar orbit from the East Coast of America. The Falcon 9 rocket carried with it the SAOCOM 1B satellite for CONAE [Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales]. CONAE is the civilian agency of the government of Argentina in charge of the national space programme.
The purpose behind the SAOCOM 1B satellite, which is the second of two “SAOCOM 1-series” is to monitor the Earth’s environment along with providing valuable data and imagery to help emergency responders. The SAOCOM 1B satellite is able to achieve this thanks to L-band microwave radars and infrared cameras which gives the ability to see through clouds and at night. After the successful launch of the SAOCOM 1B satellite, it now orbits the Earth in a Sun-synchronous orbit.
This launch was initially scheduled to take place in January 2020 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, but delays pushed it back to the end of August.
Take a look at the successful Falcon 9 rocket launch and landing below:
Image: Screenshot/ Launch and Landing