A parting shot of AEHF-5 carried by its Atlas V rocket streaking off into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the early morning hours of 8 August 2019. Click to view the launch gallery.
I participated in the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Social Media event featuring tours of ULA and Air Force facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station culminating in the launch of an Atlas V rocket carrying AEHF-5, an advanced military communications satellite, into orbit on 8 August 2019. Click to view two pages of selected photos from the event.
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.
The last Atlas 2AS rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 36A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:17 p.m. on 31 August 2004 carrying an undisclosed national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. Manufacture of the Atlas 2 was discontinued and the inventory run out in favor of the new and more powerful Atlas V rocket. Click to view the expanded launch gallery.
After launching on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on 8 September 2016, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) spacecraft arrived on 3 December 2018 at its destination — the asteroid Bennu. Classified as a near-Earth asteroid, Bennu is small, about 0.3 miles in diameter but its makeup dates back to the beginnings of the solar system. OSIRIS-REx will study the asteroid for about two years before landing on its surface to retrieve a sample to […]
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) 4 communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force on 17 October 2018 at 12:15 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as seen here in a time exposure looking north over the Indian River Lagoon. Click to view my AEHF-4 launch gallery.
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Advanced Extremely High Frequency, AEHF-4, Atlas V, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Indian River Lagoon, SLC 41, Space Launch Complex 41, U.S. Air Force, ULA, United Launch Alliance
A photo of the late afternoon start of the AFSPC-11 mission that saw a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launch two spacecraft for the Air Force Space Command to a geosynchronous transfer orbit. Liftoff occurred from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:13 p.m. on 14 April 2018. Click to learn more about the mission and see more of the launch photos.
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 411 rocket launched the fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:48 p.m. on 19 January 2018. The Space Based Infrared System is considered one of the nation’s highest priority space programs and is designed to provide global, persistent, infrared surveillance capabilities to meet 21st Century demands in four national security mission areas. Click for more photos and […]
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches EchoStar 105/SES-11 on 11 October 2017 at 6:53 p.m. from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The rocket arcs over the Atlantic as seen in this sunset time exposure taken at Blockhouse Beach at Patrick Air Force Base. Click for more images and information about this launch. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches NROL-52 on 15 October 2017 at 3:28 a.m. from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Atlas V, EchoStar-105, Falcon 9, Florida, Indian River Lagoon, Kennedy Space Center, National Reconnaissance Office, NROL-52, Patrick Air Force Base, SES-11, SpaceX, time exposure, United Launch Alliance, Vero Beach
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket launched the Tracking Data and Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M) into a geosynchronous transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:29 a.m on 18 August 2017. NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) is a space-based communication system used to provide tracking, telemetry, command and high-bandwidth data return services. The TDRSS, also referred to as the NASA Space Network, consists of satellites in geosynchronous stationary orbits and […]