SpaceX launched the SES-12 telecommunication satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 12:45 a.m. on 4 June 2018. Falcon 9’s first stage for the SES-12 mission previously supported the OTV-5 mission from Launch Complex 39A in September 2017. SpaceX did not attempt to recover Falcon 9’s first stage after launch. SES-12 will provide service for video, fixed data, mobility, and government customers […]
A time lapse video made from still images captured by a second camera setup for the launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 on 11 May 2018 at 4:14 p.m. from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Click here to view my Bangabandhu Satellite-1 launch gallery.
In the drive towards a “Digital Bangladesh” the country launched its first geostationary communications satellite, Bangabandhu Satellite-1, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on 11 May 2018 at 4:14 p.m. from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Bangabandhu means “Friend of Bengal” in Bangladesh, and is the popular name for the first president of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was also instrumental in fighting for the country’s independence from Pakistan. In this series of images, shock waves form around […]
A long and hot Thursday afternoon spent waiting for the launch of the first SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket. Reportedly the last iteration of the Falcon 9 and one promising rapid reuse of its first stage booster from upwards of ten to a hundred reflights. This particular rocket is supposed to carry Bangabandhu Satellite-1, the first satellite for Bangladesh and the large contingent of dignitaries and guests from that country seemed very enthusiastic for the launch. An attitude that […]
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) at 6:51 p.m. on 18 April 2018 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. TESS will search for alien planets ranging from small, rocky worlds to gas giants orbiting bright host stars relatively close to Earth. View my TESS launch gallery.
A photo of the late afternoon start of the AFSPC-11 mission that saw a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launch two spacecraft for the Air Force Space Command to a geosynchronous transfer orbit. Liftoff occurred from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:13 p.m. on 14 April 2018. Click to learn more about the mission and see more of the launch photos.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on the CRS-14 commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station at 4:30 p.m. on 2 April 2018 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view the CRS-14 launch photos and to learn more about the mission.
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Commercial Resupply, CRS-14, Dragon, Falcon 9, International Space Station, ISS, NASA, SLC 40, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., SpaceX
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 12:33 a.m. on 6 March 2018 carrying the Hispasat 30W-6 telecommunications satellite into orbit. Click for more information and images of the launch.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched the GOES-S spacecraft into orbit from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:02 p.m. on 1 March 2018 for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). View the rest of my selected GOES-S launch photos.