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Sonic Booms Heard Across Central Florida After SpaceX Launch, Landing

SpaceX's CRS-18 mission launches from Cape Canaveral. Photo: SpaceX
SpaceX's CRS-18 mission launches from Cape Canaveral. Photo: SpaceX

Sonic booms rattled much of Central Florida after a successful SpaceX launch and landing Thursday. The launch from Cape Canaveral comes after a 24-hour delay due to weather.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched a Dragon capsule packed with more than 5,000 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station.

Along with crew supplies, the spacecraft is delivering science experiments and a new docking adapter for the station. Once installed, it will allow more space vehicles to park at the space station.

SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of the rocket at Cape Canaveral. Its return triggered sonic booms that were heard throughout much of Central Florida. The private company reuses parts of the rocket, like the booster, to lower the cost of access to space.

It will take two days for the Dragon capsule to make it to the station. It will be the capsule’s third visit to the orbiting outpost.

NASA pays private companies SpaceX and Northrop Grumman to ship supplies to the station. Soon SpaceX, along with Boeing, will ferry NASA's astronauts to the station.

Brendan Byrne is Central Florida Public Media's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing the organization's internship program. Byrne also hosts Central Florida Public Media's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration, and the weekly news roundup podcast "The Wrap."