Flashback to last Friday as the little Go Navigator with the DM-2 Crew Dragon onboard passes by the giant Disney cruise ship offshore of Port Canaveral. Click to view more images of the DM-2 Crew Dragon return.
The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft that flew NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on a two month visit to the International Space Station returned to Port Canaveral late in the afternoon of 7 August 2020. Crew Dragon splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, on 2 August 2020. Click to view more images of the DM-2 Crew Dragon Return.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage booster used to launch the DM-2 mission carrying Crew Dragon with two NASA astronauts onboard to the International Space Staton returned to Port Canaveral on 2 June 2020 three days after its historic launch. The booster landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship about eight minutes after launch. Click to view more photos of the DM-2 booster return to Port Canaveral.
I missed the historic return of crewed spaceflight to the United States achieved by NASA and SpaceX with the DM-2 mission carrying two astronauts to the International Space Station. Deterred by the bad weather forecast and a bit of laziness brought on by the weekend, I decided to stay close to home in the chance of the launch being postponed but leaving open the option of getting some long distance shots. Sadly, neither came to pass as the rocket lifted […]
SpaceX performed the Crew Dragon Launch Escape Demonstration – without any astronauts onboard – on 19 January 2020 launching on a Falcon 9 rocket at 10:30 a.m. from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. This test demonstrated Crew Dragon’s ability to carry crew to safety in the event of an emergency on ascent. This test of Crew Dragon’s launch escape capabilities is designed to provide data toward NASA certifying the spacecraft to begin carrying astronauts to and from the […]
The Crew Dragon Demo-1 spacecraft that recently returned from the International Space Station after flying an automatic test flight there and back returns to Port Canaveral aboard the Go Searcher recovery ship on 9 March 2019. The Demo-1 spacecraft had parachuted to a landing in the Atlantic Ocean the day before. The arrival back at Port was the beginning of a late night operation to get the spacecraft off the ship and back to its hanger for study. A successful […]
SpaceX launched the Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission at 2:49 a.m. on 2 March 2019 from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Click for more information and to view the launch gallery.
Views of Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center taken on 18 December 2018. SpaceX is currently in the midst of a twenty year lease on LC-39A, the historic pad from the Apollo and Space Shuttle eras now refurbished to launch Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. Also launching from this pad soon, astronauts aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft that will launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket. The white arm sticking out to the right is the Crew Access Arm […]
SpaceX conducted its Pad Abort Test even with storms passing just offshore. Crew Dragon used its SuperDraco rockets as a launch escape system to propel Dragon from a simulated rocket failure on the pad to safely parachute the spacecraft into the Atlantic Ocean just offshore. View a gallery of images of the test.
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