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.
SpaceX launched the Merah Putih (Telkom 4) satellite for Indonesia to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on 7 August 2018 at 1:18 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view my Merah Putih launch gallery.
Revisiting the Telstar 19 Vantage launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on 22 July 2018. A time exposure reveals the arc the rocket takes as it follows the curve of the Earth traveling into orbit. Click for more Telstar 19 launch photos.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the commercial telecommunications Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 1:50 a.m. on 22 July 2018. Click to see more Telstar 19 VANTAGE launch photos.
The twin towers at Launch Complex 17 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station are taken down in controlled explosions shortly after 7:00 a.m. on 12 July 2018. A short video showing the demolition in real time and in slow motion. View Launch Complex 17 Demolition – Part 1 View Launch Complex 17 Demolition – Part 2
Launch Complex 17 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station awakes to find it won’t survive much past the sunrise, which was impressive in its own right. Next post – the demolition! View Launch Complex 17 Demolition – Part 1 View Launch Complex 17 Demolition – Part 3
Launch Complex 17 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was built for the Air Force’s THOR Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) research and development in 1956, and it was used by the Air Force and NASA to support DELTA launch operations until 10 September 2011. According to Brigadier General Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing Commander, “The towers were workhorses in their day, supporting 325 launches between 1957 and 2011. For many, this launch complex bridged the Space Age from the […]
A time exposure shows the last SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 4 rocket arcing up into the sky before vanishing below the horizon after lifting off at 5:42 a.m. on 29 June 2018 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the fifteenth Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-15) mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on behalf of NASA. Both Falcon 9 and the Dragon spacecraft for the CRS-15 mission are flight-proven. Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported […]
SpaceX launched the SES-12 telecommunication satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 12:45 a.m. on 4 June 2018. Falcon 9’s first stage for the SES-12 mission previously supported the OTV-5 mission from Launch Complex 39A in September 2017. SpaceX did not attempt to recover Falcon 9’s first stage after launch. SES-12 will provide service for video, fixed data, mobility, and government customers […]