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
A Peacekeeper ICBM missile stage reworked into a civilian Minotaur IV stage boosts the Orion crew module Ascent Abort-2 test flight into the air over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on 2 July 2019 at 7:00 a.m. from Launch Complex 46. The test is to prove the reliability and safety of the Launch Abort System (LAS) that will be used on NASA’s massive Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will be used to carry astronauts to the Moon and Mars. […]
Engineers at several NASA centers built the Orion test article that has many of the design features and the same mass as the capsule that will carry crew. This test scheduled for 2 July 2019 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is designed to focus on Orion’s launch abort capabilities, and all required data will be captured by the data recorders, so the crew module used for Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) flight test will not deploy parachutes after the abort system […]
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launching STP-2 produces a massive fiery tail as it heads to orbit on the vehicle’s first night launch. Click for more.
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Department of Defense, DoD, Falcon Heavy, Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Test Program, SpaceX, STP-2
Late night excitement as a SpaceX Falcon Heavy booster launched at 2:30 a.m. on 25 June 2019 carrying 24 separate spacecraft into orbit for the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program-2 (STP-2). In this almost nine minute time exposure, the arc of the rocket into orbit gives way over seven minutes later to the entry burns of the twin boosters seen at top as two parallel lines. Then the boosters fall before starting their engines again, seen as the two […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Department of Defense, DoD, Falcon Heavy, Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Test Program, SpaceX, STP-2
The last Atlas 2AS rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 36A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:17 p.m. on 31 August 2004 carrying an undisclosed national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. Manufacture of the Atlas 2 was discontinued and the inventory run out in favor of the new and more powerful Atlas V rocket. Click to view the expanded launch gallery.