Sonic booms from SpaceX rocket prompt 911 calls
SpaceX launched its two-stage Falcon 9 rocket early Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Station, directing its Dragon spacecraft toward the International Space Station (ISS) with 5,000 pounds of cargo and supplies. Minutes after liftoff, the rocket's first stage separated and returned to the Cape Canaveral area at 12:53 a.m. local time.
The rocket performed several engine burns to slow its speed, highlighted by loud sonic booms around the Orlando area. Booms during the successful landing triggered several 911 calls, according to local reports.
That had to be one of the best rocket launches in awhile. Beautiful tail, amazing clarity on the separation and sonic booms to top it off!— Ken Storey (@klstorey) July 18, 2016
What an amazing experience to see a rocket liftoff & turn night into day. Then watch the 1st stage land with 2 earth shattering sonic booms.— Astrogeo (@astrogeo) July 18, 2016
Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX's vice president, said the two booms are common for shuttle re-entry into the atmosphere.
"I believe it'll be the same thing," he said, according to the Orlando Sentinel, of past and future shuttle attempts to re-enter the earth's atmosphere. "It takes time to get used to it."
Add sonic booms caused by rocket launches to my list of things I've slept through.— Mike Bogle (@trekkiebogle) July 18, 2016
Elon Musk’s California-based company has managed to successfully return five boosters, two to the ground and three to a sea-based platform in the Atlantic. However, none of them has been qualified as technically serviceable for a second launch. The first “reusable” booster launch has been announced for this fall.
I blame the defunding of NASA 4 everyone buggin about the rocket bc even tho we grew up in FL lots of ppl don't remember hearing sonic booms— lil angel dust (@pray4kat) July 18, 2016
Dragon is going to perform its approach maneuver to the ISS within the next two days, with the docking planned for July 20.