KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Take two led to a successful Saturday morning rocket launch from the Space Coast.
Today’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch came after being delayed two days.
Space X sent up a classified satellite for the US government on the last scheduled flight of 2020. Saturday's launch marked the 31st from the Space Coast in 2020.
What You Need To Know
- SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket
- Falcon 9 rocket carried National Reconnaissance Office’s NROL-108 satellite
- Residents in much of Central Florida heard a sonic boom as rocket returned
- Get more space coverage here
The 230 foot tall Falcon 9 blasted off at 9 a.m. from Kennedy Space Center Pad 39A.
A picture perfect launch in the crisp, cool December air.
On board, the NROL-108 satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. Not much is known about the top secret payload headed to orbit.
Liftoff! pic.twitter.com/AG4rAR6qNp— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 19, 2020
It's the second such satellite launched in a week -- The NROL-44 mission launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy last Thursday.
Eight minutes after liftoff, coming back in a big and loud way, the Falcon 9 first stage booster headed back to Earth for a date with Landing Zone One at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
Falcon 9’s first stage has landed on Landing Zone 1 pic.twitter.com/mR18Qv3GoC— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 19, 2020
The sonic boom ringing out as the rocket slowed to below supersonic speeds.
It was the fifth launch and landing for this booster.
The Space X team will refurbish the rocket for future launches, driving down the cost of spaceflight.