SpaceX decided just a few hours before the scheduled liftoff time on 16 May 2019 to delay the launch of the 60 Starlink satellites loaded atop a Falcon 9 rocket at Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The stated reason is to upgrade the software on the satellites. In this time exposure image from the first scrub the night before, spotlights at the launch pad on the horizon paint a “V” in the sky, the focus point […]
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket loaded with 60 (!) Starlink satellites dejectedly vents gaseous oxygen while on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after upper level winds refused to cooperate on 15 May 2019. The winds aloft were blowing at a speed to high for the rocket to handle safely so a last minute decision was made to keep the rocket on the ground for another day at least in the hope the winds will die down. […]
The Orbiter Endeavour streaks to a landing behind telephone poles, a palm tree, and a metal tower for a landing at Kennedy Space Center ending the STS-127 construction mission to the International Space Station on 31 July 2009.
The CRS-17 Falcon 9 booster, still atop the Of Course I Still Love You droneship, is being prepared to be lifted off by crane and onto shore on 5 May 2017. The booster and droneship arrived back in Port late in the afternoon on 4 May from its position just offshore for the booster landing. Click to view more images.
A time exposure shows the launch, at left, of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket taking a Dragon spacecraft loaded with supplies to the International Space Station at 2:48 a.m. on 4 May 2019 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The streaks at right are, at top, the first stage booster performing the entry burn, then a gap as the booster free falls, until starting its engines again, at lower right, to gently land on the […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Commercial Resupply Services, CRS-17, Falcon 9, International Space Station, ISS, Launch Complex 40, NASA, OCISLY, Of Course I Still Love You, SLC 40, SpaceX
A relic of the old railroad running right up along the beach to Launch Pads 39A & B dates back to the Apollo days at Kennedy Space Center when the 20th Century journey to the Moon got an assist from a 19th Century innovation.
A line of people wend their way through Kennedy Space Center’s Saturn V Center to the busses after the Arabsat-6A launch attempt scrub on 10 April 2019. That is an Apollo Saturn V rocket lying on its side overhead with Snoopy and a mockup of an Apollo lunar rover in the foreground.