A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 60 Starlink satellites into orbit on the twelfth Starlink mission at 8:46 a.m. on 3 September 2020 from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Click for more info and launch images of Starlink 11.
Water vapor condenses around a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the shockwave produced by breaking the sound barrier as the rocket launches the eleventh Starlink mission on 18 August 2020 at 10:31 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The rocket boosted 58 Starlink satellites and three Earth observation Skysats (19-21) for Planet. This is the sixth flight for this particular Falcon 9 first stage – a milestone achievement in reusability. Click for more […]
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.
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.
I missed the historic return of crewed spaceflight to the United States achieved by NASA and SpaceX with the DM-2 mission carrying two astronauts to the International Space Station. Deterred by the bad weather forecast and a bit of laziness brought on by the weekend, I decided to stay close to home in the chance of the launch being postponed but leaving open the option of getting some long distance shots. Sadly, neither came to pass as the rocket lifted […]