A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the fifth group of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit on 17 February 2020 at 10:05 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This is the fourth flight of this particular Falcon 9’s first stage. Unfortunately, it missed the landing on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship in the Atlantic and ended up in the water. Additionally, what look like smudges in the image are actually flocks of […]
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 411 rocket launched the Solar Orbiter spacecraft to an interplanetary trajectory to the Sun at 11:03 p.m. on 9 February 2020 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click for more info & launch photos about this joint European Space Agency-NASA mission to study the Sun.
SpaceX performed the Crew Dragon Launch Escape Demonstration – without any astronauts onboard – on 19 January 2020 launching on a Falcon 9 rocket at 10:30 a.m. from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. This test demonstrated Crew Dragon’s ability to carry crew to safety in the event of an emergency on ascent. This test of Crew Dragon’s launch escape capabilities is designed to provide data toward NASA certifying the spacecraft to begin carrying astronauts to and from the […]
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!