A high elevation reveals a few historic structures rising above the trees out on the expanse of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. At left is Launch Complex 5/6 where a Mercury-Redstone rocket stands on the old launch pad commemorating the first Mercury flights carrying American astronauts into space. Rising in the center is Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. The original Cape Canaveral Lighthouse was an iron tower built in 1868 that operated until shoreline erosion in the mid 1890s forced it to […]
The second phase, or extension, if you will, of the Apollo Program is coming to light 50 years after it should have been initiated. Better late than never, I guess. Plans to return astronauts to the Moon, this time to build a small space station called Gateway in lunar orbit, with astronauts visiting the surface for longer periods of exploration, are starting to come together under the name of Artemis. According to NASA, “Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo and […]
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) rocket will deliver the second GPS III spacecraft, “Magellan,” to a medium earth orbit (MEO) for the U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Systems Center. Liftoff is planned to occur from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on 22 August 2019. SLC-37 is seen a couple of weeks before the launch with the Delta IV launch vehicle safely tucked away inside the Mobile Service Tower as seen from […]
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Revisiting the Lost in Space 50th Anniversary exhibit at the Air Force Space & Missle Center: The Air Force Space & Missile History Center, next to the SpaceX Launch Control Center, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is hosting two exhibits on fabulous Pop TV culture from the 1960s. The first exhibit features Lost in Space, a science fiction TV series created by Irwin Allen airing from September 1965 to March 1968 for 83 episodes on CBS. They produced 84 […]
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A unique view of the distant Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center taken from the rooftop of the Atlas Spaceflight Operations Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station shows in the foreground an Osprey nesting platform atop a pole. A small reminder that there is room for Ospreys in the Space Age provided for by the fish-filled waters of Cape Canaveral.
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A group of photographers who had set up along the ITL Causeway shoreline for the launch of AEHF-5 were surprised to find as the light of dawn crept into the eastern sky that a large alligator was just a few feet away watching them intently as my fuzzy low-light photo shows. That is Space Launch Complex-37 on the horizon, which is used to launch the Delta family of rockets at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Happily for all involved, everyone […]
Over the next two days I have been invited to the United Launch Alliance Social touring ULA and Air Force facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station culminating in the launch of an Atlas V rocket carrying AEHF-5 in support of our warfighters. Click to learn more about the AEHF-5 mission. More to come about this mission and the Social in the days to come.
To understand the purpose of this odd looking ship docked at Port Canaveral is to recognize that rocket fairings cost upwards of $6 million a piece. Until recently these important covers of the Falcon 9 rocket’s payload, protecting the payload through the thicker parts of the Earth’s atmosphere as the rocket roared upward, were simply allowed to crash at their own leisure into the ocean once they were jettisoned as the rocket moved up out of the thickest part of […]