I missed the historic return of crewed spaceflight to the United States achieved by NASA and SpaceX with the DM-2 mission carrying two astronauts to the International Space Station. Deterred by the bad weather forecast and a bit of laziness brought on by the weekend, I decided to stay close to home in the chance of the launch being postponed but leaving open the option of getting some long distance shots. Sadly, neither came to pass as the rocket lifted […]
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 501 rocket launched the United States Space Force-7 (USSF-7) mission carrying the sixth flight of an X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, OTV-6, a space plane similar to the Space Shuttle but much smaller that can land on a runway. Liftoff occurred from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 9:14 a.m. on 17 May 2020. Of note, thick fog obscured the launch to the point where it was almost not visible. […]
Seemingly endless stormy weather from a developing tropical storm kept the USSF-7 mission grounded for at least another day at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday, 16 May 2020. The rain was so severe at times that the launch pad with its Atlas V rocket was lost to view at times.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried out the seventh launch of Starlink satellites from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center at 3:30 p.m. on 22 April 2020. Click for more information and to view the launch gallery.
A hot and hazy day made for murky launch photos as a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carried into orbit the first mission for the U.S. Space Force on 26 March 2020 at 4:18 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The sixth launch of an Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite went off without a hitch after a slight delay and as the rocket climbed higher above the hazy ground into clearer air the view became much better […]
The cars are bumper-to-bumper on the the Max Brewer Bridge going over the Indian River Lagoon in Titusville after the 15 March 2020 scrub of Starlink 5. It looks like a pain but actually the traffic was moving quite well and we were out of it in a few minutes.
Vapor condenses momentarily around the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as it goes supersonic creating an interesting light show as the rising Sun catches the flight of the sixth launch of Starlink satellites on 18 March 2020. Click to view more photos and a video of the launch.
Abort! A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket remains on Launch Complex-39A engulfed in its engine exhaust after an unsuccessful attempt to launch the 6th group of Starlink satellites into orbit at 9:22 a.m. on 15 March 2020.
United Launch Alliance (ULA) recently renamed their rocket transporting ship to “RocketShip”. The ship is seen here in Port Canaveral unloading Delta rocket boosters to be used in the launch of a Delta-Heavy flight later in the year. The boosters are assembled in Decatur, Alabama and brought by RocketShip either to Port Canaveral for launches at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station or to California for launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Besides Delta rockets, the RocketShip also carries the Atlas […]