Stunning SpaceX Rocket Launch as Seen From Around Southern California

24 December, 2017, 02:50 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket as seen over Menifee. Shanda Wilson Adkins

Many believed the plume to be an alien or UFO of some sort and reportedly, many cars stopped on freeways to take photographs and videos of this freaky sight. All 10 satellites successfully deployed, with the last one deploying about one hour and 12 minutes after liftoff.

The residents of Los Angeles were in for a spectacle on 22 February after SpaceX launched it's Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base at 5.27 pm (local time) for delivering 10 satellites to lower earth orbit. Witnesses posted their photos on social media, with many wondering if it was an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO).

The satellites will be part of a constellation operated by Iridium Communications.

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Cheers and applause broke out in the SpaceX control room as the launch was streamed live online.

A unusual light that left people scratching their heads as it passed over Southern California skies last night was actually a rocket being launched.

It was the 18th and final launch of 2017 for SpaceX, which has contracted to replace Iridium's system with 75 updated satellites.

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"Outstanding! 40 in orbit in 2017!" said Insprucker. The launch went exactly as planned.

The satellite communications company has partnered with Thales Alenia Space for the manufacturing, assembling and testing of 81 Iridium NEXT satellites.

The launch was also the fifth time a Falcon 9 rocket flew with a previously used first stage booster.

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