A SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage booster makes a succesful landing at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after sending a classified satellite (NROL-76) into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office. Liftoff was at 7:15 a.m. on 1 May 2017 from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A with the landing happening a little over eight minutes later. Click to view the gallery of NROL-76 launch and landing photographs.
It is all about the lighting. Having to shoot almost directly into the sun turns the launch of an Atlas V rocket carrying a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station into a silhouette, albeit a rather spectacular silhouette, at 11:11AM on 18 April 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view more of the launch photos.
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) satellite for the United States Air Force lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex-37 at 8:18 p.m. on 18 March 2017. “This launch commemorates the 70th anniversary of the USAF.” said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch. “We are absolutely honored to play a role in this important milestone, while safely delivering WGS-9 to orbit.” WGS satellites are […]
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A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket launched the third Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous (GEO-3) satellite for the U.S. Air Force on 20 January 2017 at 7:42 p.m. from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The image is an ultra-wide time exposure of the boat-filled channel at Sebastian Inlet State Park where a lot of fishing was taking place on a calm night as the Atlas V streaks into space. The ULA press […]
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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches EchoStar XIX at 2:13 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station 18 December 2016. EchoStar XIX will be the world’s highest capacity broadband satellite in orbit, dramatically increasing capacity for HughesNet high-speed satellite Internet service to homes and businesses in North America. Click here to view more launch photos.
The Orbital ATK L-1011 Stargazer aircraft is seen overhead with the Pegasus XL rocket nestled along its belly in this view from Jetty Park at Port Canaveral. Pegasus XL launched the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) consisting of a constellation of eight microsatellite observatories that will collectively provide a measure of ocean surface wind speeds within the core of hurricanes from space. Stargazer is returning to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after a hydraulic pump problem with the rocket […]
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A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket launches the eighth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-8) mission for the U.S. Air Force on 7 December 2016 at 6:53 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 37 (SLC-37) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view more from the launch.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched the GOES-R weather satellite into orbit on 19 November 2016 at 6:42 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click here to see more launch photos and to learn more about the launch.
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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 configuration rocket launched the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission for NASA at 7:05 p.m. on 8 September 2016 from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will rendezvous with the Asteroid Bennu, study it for two years from orbit, before descending down to the surface to collect samples that will be returned to Earth for analysis. Click to view the OSIRIS-REx launch […]
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Giant cargo cranes along the waterfront at Port Canaveral look like they are paying homage to the future represented by the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster at right used to launch JCSAT-16. After successfully throwing its second stage topped with the satellite into orbit, the first stage booster powered down to a pinpoint landing on a barge located several hundred miles out in the Atlantic Ocean, which eventually made its way back to Port a few days later with its precious […]
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