On Sunday, October 7 at 7:21 p.m. SpaceX successfully launched the SAOCOM 1A satellite from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The satellite was deployed about 12 minutes after liftoff. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage returned to land at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) at Vandenberg Air Force Base. This was SpaceX’s first land landing on the West Coast. LZ-4 is built on the former site of Space Launch Complex 4W, from which Titan rockets were previously launched.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the first West Coast return-to-launch-site mission Sunday. The launch, whose primary mission was to deploy Argentina’s SAOCOM 1A radar imaging satellite, took place from Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Space Launch Complex 4E at 19:22 Pacific Time (02:22 UTC on Monday). Falcon’s first stage successfully touched down at the nearby Landing Zone 4 about seven and three-quarter minutes after liftoff.