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Out With A Bang. SpaceX's Final Launch Of 2020 Could Bring Sonic Booms

SpaceX's Falcon 9 first stage booster lands at LZ-1 at Cape Canaveral (2017). Photo: SpaceX
SpaceX's Falcon 9 first stage booster lands at LZ-1 at Cape Canaveral (2017). Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX is set to launch its last rocket of 2020 from Cape Canaveral Thursday morning with a boom. There’s the chance residents along the space coast could hear a sonic boom shortly after liftoff.

SpaceX plans to land the first stage booster of its Falcon 9 rocket on land at a landing site at Cape Canaveral about 9 miles south of the launch pad.

As the more than 200-foot-tall booster returns to Earth, it will create sonic booms which could be heard along the space coast and throughout Central Florida depending on weather conditions.

SpaceX is launching a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office which provides crucial information and communication to U.S. intelligence agencies.

The launch is scheduled around 9 a.m. ET with a booster return, and possible sonic booms, about 8 minutes after liftoff. The 45th Space Wing forecasts favorable weather for launch with a 70 percent chance of favorable conditions.

The launch caps off a successful year for SpaceX from its Florida launch facilities including two human launches to the International Space Station and a handful of Starlink launches building the foundation for SpaceX's global internet constellation.

Brendan Byrne is WMFE's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the WMFE newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing WMFE's internship program.

Byrne also hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration.
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