A hot and hazy day made for murky launch photos as a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carried into orbit the first mission for the U.S. Space Force on 26 March 2020 at 4:18 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The sixth launch of an Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite went off without a hitch after a slight delay and as the rocket climbed higher above the hazy ground into clearer air the view became much better […]
Vapor condenses momentarily around the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as it goes supersonic creating an interesting light show as the rising Sun catches the flight of the sixth launch of Starlink satellites on 18 March 2020. Click to view more photos and a video of the launch.
Abort! A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket remains on Launch Complex-39A engulfed in its engine exhaust after an unsuccessful attempt to launch the 6th group of Starlink satellites into orbit at 9:22 a.m. on 15 March 2020.
SpaceX launched its twentieth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-20) to the International Space Station (ISS) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:50 p.m. on 6 March 2020. This time exposure shows the rocket launch at left and the first stage’s entry burn, upper right, and landing at Landing Zone-1. Click for more information and the CRS-20 photo gallery.
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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.