A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket launched the 10th Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-10) satellite into orbit at 8:26 p.m. on 15 March 2019 from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. WGS-10 provides enhanced communication capabilities for the U.S. military compared with the previous satellites of the WGS constellation. Click to view my WGS-10 launch gallery.
The Crew Dragon Demo-1 spacecraft that recently returned from the International Space Station after flying an automatic test flight there and back returns to Port Canaveral aboard the Go Searcher recovery ship on 9 March 2019. The Demo-1 spacecraft had parachuted to a landing in the Atlantic Ocean the day before. The arrival back at Port was the beginning of a late night operation to get the spacecraft off the ship and back to its hanger for study. A successful […]
SpaceX launched the Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission at 2:49 a.m. on 2 March 2019 from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Click for more information and to view the launch gallery.
A communications satellite for Indonesia lifts off aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying two other payloads, an Israeli lunar lander and a technology demonstration satellite for the U.S. military. Launch occurred at 8:45 p.m on 21 February 2019 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view the launch gallery.
Looking forward to tonight’s launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station where a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will loft three payloads into space. The largest will be PSN-VI, a geostationary communications satellite named Nusantara Satu for the country of Indonesia. The second payload and the one garnering the most attention is an Israeli-built lunar lander called Beresheet that will attempt a soft landing on the Moon. The third and smallest payload is a small demonstration spacecraft for the U.S. military […]
When I was growing up the Moon was just called the Moon. Boy, was I wrong! Quick to boil up the minutiae on everything and anything, the Internet taught me via The Old Farmer’s Almanac web site that January’s full Moon is called the Full Wolf Moon because Native American astronomers gave names to each full Moon of the year descriptive of that particular time of year. So along with being the first full Moon of 2019, the aptly named […]
History was made back in 2006 when the New Horizons spacecraft blasted off bound for the first exploration of Pluto by a spacecraft from Earth. After many years of travel, New Horizons arrived at Pluto in 2015 where it successfully carried out its mission to explore the tiny world and its moon, Charon. Moving on, the far traveller was rerouted to visit a small asteroid, 2014 MU69, orbiting the solar system far out beyond Pluto in the Kuiper Belt. Nicknamed […]
After previous delays due to weather and technical problems, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket finally launched the United States Air Force’s first Global Positioning System III space vehicle (SV) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:51 a.m. on 23 December 2018. Click to view the launch gallery.
The launch of the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III SV01 stood down for another day on 22 December 2018 after strong upper level winds failed to die down after a front passed through. The skyline of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station shows the rocket venting gaseous oxygen during fueling as the sun rose. Optimism ran high that the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket would launch on what appeared to be a beautiful morning, at least on the ground, to the point […]