The SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage used for the Telstar 18 Vantage communications satellite launch returns to Port Canaveral on 12 September 2018 aboard the Of Course I Still Love You droneship that the booster landed on about eight minutes after launch a few hundred miles out in the Atlantic Ocean. Click to view a gallery of my Telstar 18 Vantage launch & booster recovery photos.
Lightning and rain around Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station delayed the launch of the Telstar 18 Vantage communications satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for over an hour until the weather cleared allowing for lift off at 12:45AM on 10 September 2018. Click to view a gallery of my Telstar 18 Vantage launch & booster recovery photos.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 12:45 a.m. on 10 September 2018. Following stage separation, the Falcon 9’s first stage landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Click to view my Telstar 18V gallery of launch & booster return photographs.
The following images show historic Launch Complex 26 (LC-26) from site visits over the years to the Air Force Space & Missile Museum at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The gantry is undergoing a very long term restoration that began in 2005 and is still ongoing. Complex 26 is famous for being the launch site of the United States first satellite on 31 January 1958 to reach orbit, Explorer 1, which discovered the Van Allen radiation belts encircling the Earth. […]
An experimental image worked up from the launch of the Merah Putih communications satellite aboard a Falcon 9 rocket at 1:18 a.m. on 7 August 2018 shows the trajectory of the rocket in its flight but, also, making the stars more visible.
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket launched NASA’s Parker Solar Probe on 12 August 2018 at 3:31 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Parker Solar Probe is humanity’s first mission to the sun. After launch, it will orbit directly through the solar atmosphere – the corona – closer to the surface than any human-made object has ever gone. While facing brutal heat and radiation, the mission will reveal fundamental science behind what […]
Technical problems plagued the 11 August 2018 liftoff of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket poised to send NASA’s Parker Solar Probe towards its rendezvous with the Sun from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Launch attempts at 3:53 a.m. and 4:28 a.m. both ran into snags that could not be fixed before the launch window closed at 4:38 a.m. on a rather dewy morning scrubbing the launch for the day. The launch team […]
A time exposure shows the Merah Putih launch for Indonesia aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 1:18 a.m. on 7 August 2018. Click to view my Merah Putih launch gallery.