A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the third group of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 9:19 p.m. on 6 January 2020. Click to view the full launch gallery.
A V-22 Osprey passes overhead while hiking at the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park. From Boeing, the manufacturer of the V-22 Osprey: “The V-22 Osprey is a joint service multirole combat aircraft utilizing tiltrotor technology to combine the vertical performance of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft. With its rotors in vertical position, it can take off, land and hover like a helicopter. Once airborne, it can convert to a turboprop airplane capable of […]
The predawn sky is lit by the fiery passage of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launching Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft into orbit on its Orbital Flight Test mission at 6:36 a.m. on 20 December 2019 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Once fully checked out there will astronauts aboard riding this rocket into space journeying to the International Space Station. Shortly after launch Starliner suffered a problem with its Mission Elapsed Timer that […]
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I have waited several years to get a time exposure from the observation deck atop Exploration Tower overlooking Port Canaveral of a rocket streaking into space. My previous attempts, halfhearted at best, were derailed by rain scrubbing the launch or problems with the gear. But it is not all joy. Crystal clear skies in the hours leading up to the launch gave way to unexpectedly cloudy skies right at launch time. I look forward to trying it again in the […]
SpaceX launched its nineteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-19) for NASA to the International Space Station on 5 December 2019 at 12:29 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view the launch gallery and to see a video of birds disturbed by the launch.
A lone U.S. Navy Blue Angels Boeing F/A-18 Hornet visited Vero Beach Municipal Airport on 25 November 2019 for a business meeting in preparation for the Vero Beach Air Show on 25 & 26 April 2020 when the Blue Angels flight demonstration team will perform. The Hornet circled the airfield once before landing. The Blue Angels stayed for a few hours before departing. Looking forward to their next visit for the air show!
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 60 Starlink satellites into orbit on 11 November 2019 at 9:56 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. SpaceX is developing a low latency, global broadband internet system enabled by a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites called Starlink. Click to view the launch gallery including an experimental launch video.
The planet Mercury transited across the face of the Sun over a 5.5 hour period as seen from Earth on 11 November 2019. According to NASA, transits of Mercury occur only about 13 times per century. The views below were taken during the first half of the transit from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Cloudy skies interfered with the first half of the transit, then rain obscured the last half. The smoky appearance of the Sun in some of the images is […]
A view from inside Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building looking out the open doors of High Bay #4. Discovery sits in silhouette while beyond, under Discovery’s wing at right, can be seen Atlantis waiting to enter the Orbiter Processing Facility in March 2012. Click to relive the retirement of the Space Shuttle Program.
One of my favorite photos of the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has Star Wars Imperial officers, a Scout Trooper sans speeder bike, and a stormtrooper posing with the orbiter. They were there as part of a symphonic concert a few years ago but it makes for a nice Halloween remembrance. Click to see more images from that night.