ORLANDO, Fla. — Multiple reports indicate that several people in central Florida reported waking up to a “loud sonic boom” over the weekend.
Residents of Orlando said that they heard the loud sound at about 5:00 in the morning on Saturday, and some houses were even shaken by it. Some of them even reported the smell of sulfur shortly afterwards.
Around the same time that an unusual sound was heard, the United States Space Force provided information that an X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle-6 had safely deorbited and landed at the NASA Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility.
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket made a successful launch from the Kennedy Space Center one week ago, marking the first time in over 40 months that this has been accomplished.
According to the website of the Kennedy Space Center, the objective of this launch was to send two different spacecraft payloads straight into geosynchronous orbit. One of these payloads was the TETRA 1 microsatellite.
SpaceX said that the side boosters had landed eight minutes after the launch, making it the corporation’s 150th and 151st successful recovery of orbital class rockets.