A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 12:33 a.m. on 6 March 2018 carrying the Hispasat 30W-6 telecommunications satellite into orbit. Click for more information and images of the launch.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched the GOES-S spacecraft into orbit from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:02 p.m. on 1 March 2018 for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). View the rest of my selected GOES-S launch photos.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the GovSat-1 satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:25 p.m. on 31 January 2018. I was not able to attend this launch due to a previous commitment so ended up having to take pictures of it from approximately 65 miles south of the launch pad. Click to view the rest of the photos.
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 411 rocket launched the fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:48 p.m. on 19 January 2018. The Space Based Infrared System is considered one of the nation’s highest priority space programs and is designed to provide global, persistent, infrared surveillance capabilities to meet 21st Century demands in four national security mission areas. Click for more photos and […]
SpaceX launched the ZUMA spacecraft aboard a Falcon 9 rocket the night of 7 January 2018. Separation of the first and second stage created a surreal multicolored light show of intermixing exhaust gasses in the night sky as the two stages maneuvered away from each other. The second stage to continue carrying the ZUMA spacecraft into orbit and the first stage maneuvering to land back at Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click here to see […]
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched a Dragon spacecraft on a Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-13) from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to low-Earth orbit to deliver 4,800 pounds of crew supplies, science and research equipment, and other cargo to and from the International Space Station for NASA at 10:36 a.m. on 15 December 2017. Seen here, following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage landed at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force […]
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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 […]