I participated in the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Social Media event featuring tours of ULA and Air Force facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station culminating in the launch of an Atlas V rocket carrying AEHF-5, an advanced military communications satellite, into orbit on 8 August 2019. Click to view two pages of selected photos from the event.
A unique view of the distant Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center taken from the rooftop of the Atlas Spaceflight Operations Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station shows in the foreground an Osprey nesting platform atop a pole. A small reminder that there is room for Ospreys in the Space Age provided for by the fish-filled waters of Cape Canaveral.
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: ASOC, Atlas Spaceflight Operations Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Kennedy Space Center, KSC, Osprey, Pandion haliaetus, VAB, Vehicle Assembly Building
A group of photographers who had set up along the ITL Causeway shoreline for the launch of AEHF-5 were surprised to find as the light of dawn crept into the eastern sky that a large alligator was just a few feet away watching them intently as my fuzzy low-light photo shows. That is Space Launch Complex-37 on the horizon, which is used to launch the Delta family of rockets at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Happily for all involved, everyone […]
Over the next two days I have been invited to the United Launch Alliance Social touring ULA and Air Force facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station culminating in the launch of an Atlas V rocket carrying AEHF-5 in support of our warfighters. Click to learn more about the AEHF-5 mission. More to come about this mission and the Social in the days to come.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the AMOS-17 communications satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:23 p.m. on 6 August 2019. Falcon 9’s first stage for the AMOS-17 mission previously supported the Telstar-19 VANTAGE mission in July 2018 and the Es’hail-2 mission in November 2018. The image is a long distance view through rain clouds taken in drizzling rain that obscured the rocket but the clouds could not hide the bright flame. […]
Check out the selected photos from the launch and booster landing of the CRS-18 resupply mission to the International Space Station on 25 July 2019. Click to view gallery.
While I wait for time to work up the photos from the launch of CRS-18, here is another image taken while waiting of the massive dirt pile next to the cement plant at Port Canaveral. Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is visible on the horizon where a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched CRS-18 on its way to the International Space Station.
Chances were slim the massive front of disturbed weather filled with rainstorms and lightning trekking across Florida would clear out of the area in time for the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sending a Dragon spacecraft filled with supplies to the International Space Station on 24 July 2019. As expected, the bad weather forced the rocket to remain on the ground at Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station pending its next launch attempt on 25 […]
A long range view of the Orion Ascent Abort-2 test flight shows the launch vehicle leaping off of Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The booster powering this short flight is a refurbished SR118 Peacekeeper ICBM first stage motor. A weapon of war now serving the interests of peaceful exploration of space. Click to view more photos of the AA-2 test flight.
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: AA-2. Orion, Ascent Abort-2, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, LAS, Launch Abort System, Launch Complex 46, Minotaur IV, Peacekeeper ICBM, SLS, Space Launch System, SR118 Peacekeeper ICBM