The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft that flew NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on a two month visit to the International Space Station returned to Port Canaveral late in the afternoon of 7 August 2020. Crew Dragon splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, on 2 August 2020. Click to view more images of the DM-2 Crew Dragon Return.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the tenth batch of 57 Starlink satellites along with two BlackSky satellites for a private customer on 7 August 2020 at 1:12 a.m. from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The rocket arcs out over the Atlantic Ocean under moonlit skies as seen in this time exposure from Vero Beach, Florida. Note the yellow streak above the beginning of the arc at left. This is called a sun pillar according to the United […]
The Mars 2020 mission spacecraft that includes the Perseverance rover launched from Space Launch Complex 41 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 7:50 a.m. on 30 July 2020. At the time of this posting it was already over a million miles away from Earth on its way to Mars with approximately 290 million miles more to go. Click to view more photos and info of the Mars 2020 launch.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the Army/Navy/Air Force Satellite Information System (ANASIS)-II satellite for the South Korean Agency for Defense Development to be used as a communications satellite by the South Korean armed forces. Formerly known as KMilSatCom 1, the satellite lifted off at 5:30 p.m. on 20 July 2020 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click for more info and photos of the ANASIS-2 launch.
On 30 June 2020 at 4:10 p.m., a SpaceX’s Falcon 9 successfully lifted off, carrying the U.S. Space Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS) III Space Vehicle 03 mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Click for more photos and info on the launch.
Here are some old photos, minus the historic black and white image, I had taken of a decommissioned U.S. Air Force tracking station that used to be along US-1 opposite Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Most likely the station dates back to the early days of the Eastern Test Range of the late 1950s and was used to track the early rocket and missile launches. The station has since been torn down. An online search failed […]
A time lapse video of the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket launching 58 Starlink satellites and 3 satellites for another company through a ride share program at 5:21 a.m. on 13 June 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Annoyingly, the tripod shifted in the soft beach sand without being noticed resulting in a lopsided horizon. Watch for the second stage going all the way down to the horizon as it arcs into orbit while the first stage can […]
SpaceX conducts the ninth launch of Starlink satellites, this time lofting 58 Starlink satellites plus three of Planet’s Skysats into orbit for SpaceX’s new SmallSat Rideshare Program. The launch occurred from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:21 a.m. on 13 June 2020. The time exposure shows the arc of the trajectory all the way down to the horizon. The divergent path of the Falcon 9’s first stage can be seen as it maneuvers to […]
Storm clouds along the Indian River Lagoon obscure the launch of the Starlink 7 mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying 60 more Starlink satellites into orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The brief yellow fire of the rocket going upward was seen only briefly before being lost in the clouds on 3 June 2020 at 9:22pm. Click to view more rocket launch photography.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage booster used to launch the DM-2 mission carrying Crew Dragon with two NASA astronauts onboard to the International Space Staton returned to Port Canaveral on 2 June 2020 three days after its historic launch. The booster landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship about eight minutes after launch. Click to view more photos of the DM-2 booster return to Port Canaveral.