The twin towers at Launch Complex 17 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station are taken down in controlled explosions shortly after 7:00 a.m. on 12 July 2018. A short video showing the demolition in real time and in slow motion. View Launch Complex 17 Demolition – Part 1 View Launch Complex 17 Demolition – Part 2
Launch Complex 17 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station awakes to find it won’t survive much past the sunrise, which was impressive in its own right. Next post – the demolition! View Launch Complex 17 Demolition – Part 1 View Launch Complex 17 Demolition – Part 3
Launch Complex 17 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was built for the Air Force’s THOR Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) research and development in 1956, and it was used by the Air Force and NASA to support DELTA launch operations until 10 September 2011. According to Brigadier General Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing Commander, “The towers were workhorses in their day, supporting 325 launches between 1957 and 2011. For many, this launch complex bridged the Space Age from the […]
The Space Shuttle Discovery on Launch Complex 39B at Kennedy Space Center prior to its launch on mission STS-114 in July 2005. This would be the Space Shuttle Program’s return to flight following the Columbia accident in February 2003. Discovery carried out the STS-114 mission, a resupply mission to the International Space Station, without a problem This is a highly magnified view through a refracting telescope taken from Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge showing the external fuel tank and the […]
The spacecraft of the near future that will take astronauts back into Earth orbit and beyond are on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The Space Launch System (SLS) that is under development is capable of lifting heavy payloads into Earth orbit or on trajectories to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. The SLS will launch the Orion spacecraft, which is capable of carrying astronauts to Mars. On display is the Orion spacecraft used for the Exploration Flight Test-1 […]
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The Space Launch System Mobile Launcher topped with the gantry tower that holds the umbilicals and other access points to the large rocket when its on the pad has had the crew access arm installed. The arm, that can be seen sticking out from the tower up toward the top on the left, provides the walkway astronauts will take to get into the Orion spacecraft when the rocket is on the launch pad. The recent addition to the tower was […]
A flock of vultures soar near the mock life-size External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters on display in front of the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at sunset.
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex temporarily exhibited one of the side boosters from the SpaceX Falcon Heavy test flight, which first flew on the CRS-9 International Space Station resupply mission and then flew again for a second time on Falcon Heavy. Both flights saw the booster landing at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Here the Octaweb of Merlin engines can be seen at the base of the rocket, which is heavily charred from its launch, […]
The Reusable Launch Vehicle Hanger, located at the south end of the Shuttle Landing Facility, is used for a diverse number of activities, including storage of NASA helicopters used at Kennedy Space Center as seen here. One of the buildings most memorable uses was the collection and reconstruction of debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia during the accident investigation. The event is commemorated with the STS-107 logo on the building. Space Florida currently manages the facility under contract with NASA.