A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the OTV-5 mission into orbit for the U.S. Air Force at 10:00 a.m. on 7 September 2017 from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. About eight minutes after launch, the Falcon 9 first stage successfully landed at Landing Zone 1 at the adjacent Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This is the fifth flight of the Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), a small, winged, reusable spacecraft that looks like a tiny version of […]
An Orbital ATK Minotaur IV rocket, built from retired components of a Peacemaker intercontinental ballistic missile, launched at 2:04 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on 26 August 2017. This rocket carried the SensorSat Demonstration satellite into orbit on the Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS-5) mission. SensorSat is a U.S. Air Force space surveillance system that will demonstrate the ability to observe other objects in orbit. This is the first launch of a Minotaur rocket […]
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 […]
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched a Dragon spacecraft to low-Earth orbit to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station for NASA from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center at 12:31 p.m. on 14 August 2017. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage landed at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida approximately eight minutes after launch. The image shows the first stage falling just prior to commencing the landing burn to place […]
The SpaceX CRS-11 Falcon 9 first stage is pictured moments before landing at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a blustery late afternoon on 3 June 2017. Learn more and see the rest of the launch and landing photos and video at http://www.lunarcabin.com/Rocket_Launches/CRS11.html.
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Commercial Resupply, CRS-11, Dragon, International Space Station, ISS, Kennedy Space Center, Landing Zone 1, Launch Complex 39A, NASA, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., SpaceX
A SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage booster makes a succesful landing at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after sending a classified satellite (NROL-76) into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office. Liftoff was at 7:15 a.m. on 1 May 2017 from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A with the landing happening a little over eight minutes later. Click to view the gallery of NROL-76 launch and landing photographs.
It is all about the lighting. Having to shoot almost directly into the sun turns the launch of an Atlas V rocket carrying a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station into a silhouette, albeit a rather spectacular silhouette, at 11:11AM on 18 April 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view more of the launch photos.
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) satellite for the United States Air Force lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex-37 at 8:18 p.m. on 18 March 2017. “This launch commemorates the 70th anniversary of the USAF.” said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch. “We are absolutely honored to play a role in this important milestone, while safely delivering WGS-9 to orbit.” WGS satellites are […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Delta IV rocket, SLC 37, Space Launch Complex 37, ULA, United Launch Alliance, United States Air Force, WGS-9, Wideband Global SATCOM
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket launched the third Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous (GEO-3) satellite for the U.S. Air Force on 20 January 2017 at 7:42 p.m. from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The image is an ultra-wide time exposure of the boat-filled channel at Sebastian Inlet State Park where a lot of fishing was taking place on a calm night as the Atlas V streaks into space. The ULA press […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Atlas V, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, SBIRS GEO-3, Sebastian Inlet State Park, SLC 41, Space Based Infrared System, Space Launch Complex 41, U.S. Air Force, ULA, United Launch Alliance
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches EchoStar XIX at 2:13 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station 18 December 2016. EchoStar XIX will be the world’s highest capacity broadband satellite in orbit, dramatically increasing capacity for HughesNet high-speed satellite Internet service to homes and businesses in North America. Click here to view more launch photos.