Technical problems plagued the 11 August 2018 liftoff of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket poised to send NASA’s Parker Solar Probe towards its rendezvous with the Sun from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Launch attempts at 3:53 a.m. and 4:28 a.m. both ran into snags that could not be fixed before the launch window closed at 4:38 a.m. on a rather dewy morning scrubbing the launch for the day. The launch team […]
A time exposure shows the Merah Putih launch for Indonesia aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 1:18 a.m. on 7 August 2018. Click to view my Merah Putih launch gallery.
SpaceX launched the Merah Putih (Telkom 4) satellite for Indonesia to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on 7 August 2018 at 1:18 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view my Merah Putih launch gallery.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 booster that launched Telstar 19 into orbit and made a successful landing on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship returned to Port Canaveral just after dawn on 25 July 2018. Click to view my gallery of images of the booster’s return to Port.
Revisiting the Telstar 19 Vantage launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on 22 July 2018. A time exposure reveals the arc the rocket takes as it follows the curve of the Earth traveling into orbit. Click for more Telstar 19 launch photos.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the commercial telecommunications Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 1:50 a.m. on 22 July 2018. Click to see more Telstar 19 VANTAGE launch photos.
A time exposure shows the last SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 4 rocket arcing up into the sky before vanishing below the horizon after lifting off at 5:42 a.m. on 29 June 2018 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the fifteenth Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-15) mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on behalf of NASA. Both Falcon 9 and the Dragon spacecraft for the CRS-15 mission are flight-proven. Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported […]
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 […]