Sonic Boom Alert! from @SpaceX & Vandenberg Air Force Base

Photos by Richard Ho - Launch, second stage, rocket return - SpaceX - October 7 2018.

Update: No sonic boom heard in University City; but many photos courtesy of Richard Ho, taken on Galloway Drive, which capture the initial launch, main engine cut off, and second stage start. About the final photo in the series, shown at the lower right, Richard says, “See a little dot flaring below the cloud as the rocket goes back to Vandenberg!”

For even more photos from Richard Ho, please take a look at his album posted at

Team Vandenberg is scheduled to support launch of the SAOCOM 1A satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4E on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 7:21 p.m. PDT. Area residents may experience a sonic boom. Falcon 9 and SAOCOM 1A are vertical on SpaceX’s launch pad at Vandenberg AFB. Following today’s launch at 7:21 p.m. PDT, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage on Landing Zone 4. Webcast starts ~15 minutes before liftoff →

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Photo by Richard Ho of December 2017 SpaceX launch.
Photos by Richard Ho – Launch, second stage, rocket return – SpaceX – October 7, 2018.
Photos from Ray Dunakin, taken at the “Tot Lot’ University Village Park at Cather and Florey, of the SpaceX launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base – October 7, 2018.

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