On 30 June 2020 at 4:10 p.m., a SpaceX’s Falcon 9 successfully lifted off, carrying the U.S. Space Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS) III Space Vehicle 03 mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Click for more photos and info on the launch.
Here are some old photos, minus the historic black and white image, I had taken of a decommissioned U.S. Air Force tracking station that used to be along US-1 opposite Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Most likely the station dates back to the early days of the Eastern Test Range of the late 1950s and was used to track the early rocket and missile launches. The station has since been torn down. An online search failed […]
A time lapse video of the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket launching 58 Starlink satellites and 3 satellites for another company through a ride share program at 5:21 a.m. on 13 June 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Annoyingly, the tripod shifted in the soft beach sand without being noticed resulting in a lopsided horizon. Watch for the second stage going all the way down to the horizon as it arcs into orbit while the first stage can […]
SpaceX conducts the ninth launch of Starlink satellites, this time lofting 58 Starlink satellites plus three of Planet’s Skysats into orbit for SpaceX’s new SmallSat Rideshare Program. The launch occurred from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:21 a.m. on 13 June 2020. The time exposure shows the arc of the trajectory all the way down to the horizon. The divergent path of the Falcon 9’s first stage can be seen as it maneuvers to […]
Storm clouds along the Indian River Lagoon obscure the launch of the Starlink 7 mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying 60 more Starlink satellites into orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The brief yellow fire of the rocket going upward was seen only briefly before being lost in the clouds on 3 June 2020 at 9:22pm. Click to view more rocket launch photography.
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 501 rocket launched the United States Space Force-7 (USSF-7) mission carrying the sixth flight of an X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, OTV-6, a space plane similar to the Space Shuttle but much smaller that can land on a runway. Liftoff occurred from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 9:14 a.m. on 17 May 2020. Of note, thick fog obscured the launch to the point where it was almost not visible. […]
Seemingly endless stormy weather from a developing tropical storm kept the USSF-7 mission grounded for at least another day at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday, 16 May 2020. The rain was so severe at times that the launch pad with its Atlas V rocket was lost to view at times.
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