SpaceX Succeeds as Falcon 9 Launches Argentina Satellite from Cape Canaveral

SpaceX launch - Courtesy SpaceX

SpaceX launched its second of two planned flights on Sunday evening, a SAOCOM-1B mission in a historic and rare polar corridor mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The SAOCOM satellite was launched at 4:18 pm PT aboard a Falcon 9 that blasted off on its fourth flight. It was the 100th rocket launch for SpaceX.

Earlier, SpaceX had already canceled the first of two launches from Florida, a mission carrying Starlink satellites.

It was the first time a rocket has launched from Florida into a polar orbit in 50 years and was SpaceX’s first launch to a polar orbit from the East Coast. A polar mission is when a vehicle takes an orbit that passes over the North and South Pole instead of circling the equator.

The SAOCOM 1B is an earth-observation satellite for Argentina’s space agency. The mission lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Falcon 9 first stage launched Dragon to the International Space Station for the Hawthorne company’s 19th and 20th commercial resupply missions. It also supported launch of SpaceX’s ninth Starlink mission.

Following the stage separation, SpaceX landed Falcon 9 on Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.