A hot and hazy day made for murky launch photos as a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carried into orbit the first mission for the U.S. Space Force on 26 March 2020 at 4:18 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The sixth launch of an Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite went off without a hitch after a slight delay and as the rocket climbed higher above the hazy ground into clearer air the view became much better […]
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 […]
SpaceX launched its twentieth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-20) to the International Space Station (ISS) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:50 p.m. on 6 March 2020. This time exposure shows the rocket launch at left and the first stage’s entry burn, upper right, and landing at Landing Zone-1. Click for more information and the CRS-20 photo gallery.
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, CRS-20, Dragon, Exploration Tower, Falcon 9, International Space Station, ISS, Landing Zone 1, LZ-1, NASA, Port Canaveral, SLC 40, Space Launch Complex 40, SpaceX
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the fifth group of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit on 17 February 2020 at 10:05 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This is the fourth flight of this particular Falcon 9’s first stage. Unfortunately, it missed the landing on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship in the Atlantic and ended up in the water. Additionally, what look like smudges in the image are actually flocks of […]
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 411 rocket launched the Solar Orbiter spacecraft to an interplanetary trajectory to the Sun at 11:03 p.m. on 9 February 2020 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click for more info & launch photos about this joint European Space Agency-NASA mission to study the Sun.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the third group of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 9:19 p.m. on 6 January 2020. Click to view the full launch gallery.
The predawn sky is lit by the fiery passage of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launching Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft into orbit on its Orbital Flight Test mission at 6:36 a.m. on 20 December 2019 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Once fully checked out there will astronauts aboard riding this rocket into space journeying to the International Space Station. Shortly after launch Starliner suffered a problem with its Mission Elapsed Timer that […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Atlas V, Boeing, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Commercial Crew Program, CST-100, International Space Station, ISS, NASA, Orbital Test Flight, Starliner, ULA, United Launch Alliance
I have waited several years to get a time exposure from the observation deck atop Exploration Tower overlooking Port Canaveral of a rocket streaking into space. My previous attempts, halfhearted at best, were derailed by rain scrubbing the launch or problems with the gear. But it is not all joy. Crystal clear skies in the hours leading up to the launch gave way to unexpectedly cloudy skies right at launch time. I look forward to trying it again in the […]
SpaceX launched its nineteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-19) for NASA to the International Space Station on 5 December 2019 at 12:29 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view the launch gallery and to see a video of birds disturbed by the launch.