SpaceX conducts the ninth launch of Starlink satellites, this time lofting 58 Starlink satellites plus three of Planet’s Skysats into orbit for SpaceX’s new SmallSat Rideshare Program. The launch occurred from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:21 a.m. on 13 June 2020. The time exposure shows the arc of the trajectory all the way down to the horizon. The divergent path of the Falcon 9’s first stage can be seen as it maneuvers to […]
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.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the fifth group of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit on 17 February 2020 at 10:05 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This is the fourth flight of this particular Falcon 9’s first stage. Unfortunately, it missed the landing on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship in the Atlantic and ended up in the water. Additionally, what look like smudges in the image are actually flocks of […]
The CRS-17 Falcon 9 booster, still atop the Of Course I Still Love You droneship, is being prepared to be lifted off by crane and onto shore on 5 May 2017. The booster and droneship arrived back in Port late in the afternoon on 4 May from its position just offshore for the booster landing. Click to view more images.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage used for the Telstar 18 Vantage communications satellite launch returns to Port Canaveral on 12 September 2018 aboard the Of Course I Still Love You droneship that the booster landed on about eight minutes after launch a few hundred miles out in the Atlantic Ocean. Click to view a gallery of my Telstar 18 Vantage launch & booster recovery photos.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 12:45 a.m. on 10 September 2018. Following stage separation, the Falcon 9’s first stage landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Click to view my Telstar 18V gallery of launch & booster return photographs.
A Little Blue Heron crosses in front of the returning SpaceX droneship Of Course I Still Love You carrying the first stage booster for the Merah Putih satellite launch as they entered Port Canaveral. Click for more photos.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 first stage booster used to launch the Merah Putih communications satellite into orbit returned to Port Canaveral for the second time aboard the Of Course I Still Love You droneship late in the afternoon of 9 August 2018. This was the second flight for this particular booster. It first flew back in May 2018 to launch Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into orbit. Click to view more photos of the Merah Putih booster return.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 booster that launched Telstar 19 into orbit and made a successful landing on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship returned to Port Canaveral just after dawn on 25 July 2018. Click to view my gallery of images of the booster’s return to Port.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches BulgariaSat-1, a commercial communications satellite, into orbit from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center at 3:10 p.m. on 23 June 2017. Click to view more images and a short video of the launch.