The SpaceX Falcon 9 booster for the CRS-16 mission floats in the water at Port Canaveral after being towed in earlier in the day on 7 December 2018. The booster strayed off course as it attempted to touchdown on Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A failure of one of the grid fins that help steer and stabilize the rocket during its descent failed causing the rocket to come down further to the east in the Atlantic […]
SpaceX launched its sixteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-16) to the International Space Station (ISS) at 1:16 p.m. on 5 December 2018 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Click to view the photo gallery.
From the 1 November 2018 NASA press release: NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has gone silent, ending a historic mission that studied time capsules from the solar system’s earliest chapter. Dawn missed scheduled communications sessions with NASA’s Deep Space Network on Wednesday, Oct. 31, and Thursday, Nov. 1. After the flight team eliminated other possible causes for the missed communications, mission managers concluded that the spacecraft finally ran out of hydrazine, the fuel that enables the spacecraft to control its pointing. Dawn […]
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.
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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.