Falcon 9 launch and landing successful

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Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., supported the successful launch and landing of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the RADARSAT Constellation Mission from Space Launch Complex 4 at 7:17 a.m., PDT, June 12.

The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket landed at Landing Zone 4 approximately eight minutes after liftoff. This was SpaceX’s second successful landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Col. Bob Reeves, 30th Space Wing vice commander, was the space launch commander.

“Access to space is vital for space superiority,” said Reeves. “Team V remains diligent in its efforts to provide robust range capabilities in a safe and efficient manner so our mission partners, like SpaceX, continue to have unfettered access to space. This mission highlights, yet again, our capabilities as a spaceport for the nation.”