SpaceX decided just a few hours before the scheduled liftoff time on 16 May 2019 to delay the launch of the 60 Starlink satellites loaded atop a Falcon 9 rocket at Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The stated reason is to upgrade the software on the satellites. In this time exposure image from the first scrub the night before, spotlights at the launch pad on the horizon paint a “V” in the sky, the focus point […]
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket loaded with 60 (!) Starlink satellites dejectedly vents gaseous oxygen while on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after upper level winds refused to cooperate on 15 May 2019. The winds aloft were blowing at a speed to high for the rocket to handle safely so a last minute decision was made to keep the rocket on the ground for another day at least in the hope the winds will die down. […]
The Orbiter Endeavour streaks to a landing behind telephone poles, a palm tree, and a metal tower for a landing at Kennedy Space Center ending the STS-127 construction mission to the International Space Station on 31 July 2009.
The CRS-17 Falcon 9 booster, still atop the Of Course I Still Love You droneship, is being prepared to be lifted off by crane and onto shore on 5 May 2017. The booster and droneship arrived back in Port late in the afternoon on 4 May from its position just offshore for the booster landing. Click to view more images.
A relic of the old railroad running right up along the beach to Launch Pads 39A & B dates back to the Apollo days at Kennedy Space Center when the 20th Century journey to the Moon got an assist from a 19th Century innovation.
A line of people wend their way through Kennedy Space Center’s Saturn V Center to the busses after the Arabsat-6A launch attempt scrub on 10 April 2019. That is an Apollo Saturn V rocket lying on its side overhead with Snoopy and a mockup of an Apollo lunar rover in the foreground.
The Crew Dragon Demo-1 spacecraft that recently returned from the International Space Station after flying an automatic test flight there and back returns to Port Canaveral aboard the Go Searcher recovery ship on 9 March 2019. The Demo-1 spacecraft had parachuted to a landing in the Atlantic Ocean the day before. The arrival back at Port was the beginning of a late night operation to get the spacecraft off the ship and back to its hanger for study. A successful […]
Looking forward to tonight’s launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station where a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will loft three payloads into space. The largest will be PSN-VI, a geostationary communications satellite named Nusantara Satu for the country of Indonesia. The second payload and the one garnering the most attention is an Israeli-built lunar lander called Beresheet that will attempt a soft landing on the Moon. The third and smallest payload is a small demonstration spacecraft for the U.S. military […]
History was made back in 2006 when the New Horizons spacecraft blasted off bound for the first exploration of Pluto by a spacecraft from Earth. After many years of travel, New Horizons arrived at Pluto in 2015 where it successfully carried out its mission to explore the tiny world and its moon, Charon. Moving on, the far traveller was rerouted to visit a small asteroid, 2014 MU69, orbiting the solar system far out beyond Pluto in the Kuiper Belt. Nicknamed […]