Falcon 9 poised to carry Canadian Space Agency mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base
A Falcon 9 rocket delivering a satellite trio for Canada could create a visual and audio show as it blasts off and returns to land at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Wednesday morning.
Liftoff of the SpaceX Rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 East on South Base is planned for 7:1
On Saturday, SpaceX announced it was conducting a static fire test at Vandenberg, one key step toward clearing the way for the launch to occur.
The Falcon rocket's mission involves putting three identical Earth-observation satellites into orbit for the Canadian Space Agency.
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"As Magdalena Wierus, Project Engineer for the Radarsat Mission.
"Sonic booms generate a sound similar to an explosion or a clap of thunder," officials said.
Of course, just what spectators want to see and do in the morning marine layer, which has been hampering views on the United States Central Coast.
This is the second flyback mission to the launch site. SpaceX successfully returned a first-stage booster following October blastoff.
A Falcon 9 first-stage booster lands at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Earlier this year. The same booster wants to be used for Wednesday's launch and landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base. (SpaceX photo)
The booster blasting off Wednesday the crew launched the Dragon to the International Space Station in March from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
From the beginning, SpaceX has returned to the reusability of its rocket with recycling key components intended
While access to Vandenberg is restricted, the public can view the launch from the Hawk's Nest on Azalea Lane off Highway 1, a mile south of Vandenberg's main gate.
The viewing site wants to open at 6 am
Other locations around the Lompoc Valley also offer views of the launch and landing site, which is visible when looking out at Ocean Avenue (Highway 246).
Popular Moonglow and Stardust Roads at Vandenberg Village.
However, the law enforcement officers do not want to establish a roadblock for this launch
A roadblock normally established at 13th Street on Ocean Avenue instead wants to be relocated to the east, at the intersection of Ocean and Floradale avenues.
A secondary roadblock wants to be established at Floradale and Central Avenues.
Personnel from Vandenber.
Drivers may see additional temporary traffic control measures