Sonic Boom heard after SpaceX Dragon capsule returns from ISS, landing off Florida coast
A loud “sonic boom” was reported in parts of Florida after a SpaceX Cargo Dragon 2 spacecraft successfully crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the state’s coast Thursday night.
The return of the Cargo Dragon capsule marked the completion of SpaceX’s 23rd commercial cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
The spacecraft detached from the ISS earlier Thursday, after spending a month in orbit above Earth.
The 23rd refueling mission, dubbed CRS-23, was launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on August 29 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The mission delivered crew supplies, science investigations, spacewalk equipment, and vehicle equipment to the ISS. He also brought scientific experiments back to Earth, ready to be analyzed by researchers in the field.
“Once Dragon is recovered by SpaceX’s recovery team, the critical science aboard the spacecraft will be helicoptered to @NASAKennedy and supplied to researchers,” SpaceX said in a Tweet shortly after confirming the successful landing.
As the Cargo Dragon capsule fell to Earth, there were reports of local residents hearing a loud boom in parts of Florida’s east coast.
Action News Jacksonville-based Jax said he received reports of a strong boom Thursday night from people located throughout the Jacksonville area, all the way to St. Augustine. Some even reported that they felt their homes shake as a result.
Viewers of News4Jax, which is based in Jacksonville, also reported hearing a loud boom that made dishes and windows shake in some areas.
The media reported that the sound was most likely a sonic boom produced by the spacecraft.
According to NASA, a sonic boom is the thunder-like sound that a person on the ground hears when an airplane or spacecraft above their head flies faster than the speed of sound.
Some people even managed to capture video footage of the SpaceX Cargo Dragon as it fell towards the ocean.
Among these was Action News Jax reporter Dani Bozzini, who spotted the spacecraft in the sky.
“WOW !! Got to capture @SpaceX Dragon’s comeback tonight on my way back from St Augustine. I had no idea what it was like at first!” she said in a posted Twitter that included her video.
Twitter user Derek Galloway said in a response to the video: “I had just walked in with my wife and two kids and we heard a big boom all over the house shaking right in the middle of Orange Park. in Florida it’s far. from the coast at least 45 minutes to an hour to feel it so far. “
The spacecraft has even been spotted in other parts of the country, including Alabama. Nikki Ziello captured footage of the re-entry into the state Thursday night, which was shared by WBMA-LD meteorologist James Spann, who said a “sonic boom” accompanied her.
In response to Spann’s post, Twitter user CindyStriderAkins, a Florida resident, said, “The sonic boom shook our house and my heart is slowing down now. Wow !!”
Another user, WAR EAGLE, in Auburn, Alabama, said, “One of the coolest things I’ve seen. I stood outside in awe.”
Another user in Georgia, Dixie Short, also reported seeing the spacecraft: “The view in the southwest of the AG was magnificent !!!”
Ahead of the water landing, SpaceX said the Crew Dragon could be visible in parts of Florida and Georgia.
News week has contacted SpaceX for comment.