The SpaceX Falcon 9 booster that launched the Starlink 11 mission returned to Port Canaveral aboard the Of Course I Still Love You droneship looking a bit charred from its two trips to the edge of space and back. Launched on 3 September 2020, the booster made it back to Port early in the morning of 6 September 2020. Click to view more photos of the launch and recovery including a time-lapse video!
Flashback to last Friday as the little Go Navigator with the DM-2 Crew Dragon onboard passes by the giant Disney cruise ship offshore of Port Canaveral. Click to view more images of the DM-2 Crew Dragon return.
Real progress is seen at Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station where Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is building a launch pad for its giant New Glenn rocket. The New Glenn rocket’s first stage will land on a ship to be returned for refurbishment and reuse. The first launch of the New Glenn rocket is tentatively scheduled for sometime in 2021.
The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft that flew NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on a two month visit to the International Space Station returned to Port Canaveral late in the afternoon of 7 August 2020. Crew Dragon splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, on 2 August 2020. Click to view more images of the DM-2 Crew Dragon Return.
Here are some old photos, minus the historic black and white image, I had taken of a decommissioned U.S. Air Force tracking station that used to be along US-1 opposite Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Most likely the station dates back to the early days of the Eastern Test Range of the late 1950s and was used to track the early rocket and missile launches. The station has since been torn down. An online search failed […]
The SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage booster used to launch the DM-2 mission carrying Crew Dragon with two NASA astronauts onboard to the International Space Staton returned to Port Canaveral on 2 June 2020 three days after its historic launch. The booster landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship about eight minutes after launch. Click to view more photos of the DM-2 booster return to Port Canaveral.
Seemingly endless stormy weather from a developing tropical storm kept the USSF-7 mission grounded for at least another day at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday, 16 May 2020. The rain was so severe at times that the launch pad with its Atlas V rocket was lost to view at times.
The cars are bumper-to-bumper on the the Max Brewer Bridge going over the Indian River Lagoon in Titusville after the 15 March 2020 scrub of Starlink 5. It looks like a pain but actually the traffic was moving quite well and we were out of it in a few minutes.
United Launch Alliance (ULA) recently renamed their rocket transporting ship to “RocketShip”. The ship is seen here in Port Canaveral unloading Delta rocket boosters to be used in the launch of a Delta-Heavy flight later in the year. The boosters are assembled in Decatur, Alabama and brought by RocketShip either to Port Canaveral for launches at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station or to California for launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Besides Delta rockets, the RocketShip also carries the Atlas […]
A view from inside Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building looking out the open doors of High Bay #4. Discovery sits in silhouette while beyond, under Discovery’s wing at right, can be seen Atlantis waiting to enter the Orbiter Processing Facility in March 2012. Click to relive the retirement of the Space Shuttle Program.