A time lapse video made from still images captured by a second camera setup for the launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 on 11 May 2018 at 4:14 p.m. from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Click here to view my Bangabandhu Satellite-1 launch gallery.
In the drive towards a “Digital Bangladesh” the country launched its first geostationary communications satellite, Bangabandhu Satellite-1, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on 11 May 2018 at 4:14 p.m. from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Bangabandhu means “Friend of Bengal” in Bangladesh, and is the popular name for the first president of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was also instrumental in fighting for the country’s independence from Pakistan. In this series of images, shock waves form around […]
A long and hot Thursday afternoon spent waiting for the launch of the first SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket. Reportedly the last iteration of the Falcon 9 and one promising rapid reuse of its first stage booster from upwards of ten to a hundred reflights. This particular rocket is supposed to carry Bangabandhu Satellite-1, the first satellite for Bangladesh and the large contingent of dignitaries and guests from that country seemed very enthusiastic for the launch. An attitude that […]
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) at 6:51 p.m. on 18 April 2018 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. TESS will search for alien planets ranging from small, rocky worlds to gas giants orbiting bright host stars relatively close to Earth. View my TESS launch gallery.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on the CRS-14 commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station at 4:30 p.m. on 2 April 2018 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view the CRS-14 launch photos and to learn more about the mission.
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 12:33 a.m. on 6 March 2018 carrying the Hispasat 30W-6 telecommunications satellite into orbit. Click for more information and images of the launch.
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex temporarily exhibited one of the side boosters from the SpaceX Falcon Heavy test flight, which first flew on the CRS-9 International Space Station resupply mission and then flew again for a second time on Falcon Heavy. Both flights saw the booster landing at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Here the Octaweb of Merlin engines can be seen at the base of the rocket, which is heavily charred from its launch, […]
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the GovSat-1 satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:25 p.m. on 31 January 2018. I was not able to attend this launch due to a previous commitment so ended up having to take pictures of it from approximately 65 miles south of the launch pad. Click to view the rest of the photos.
SpaceX launched the ZUMA spacecraft aboard a Falcon 9 rocket the night of 7 January 2018. Separation of the first and second stage created a surreal multicolored light show of intermixing exhaust gasses in the night sky as the two stages maneuvered away from each other. The second stage to continue carrying the ZUMA spacecraft into orbit and the first stage maneuvering to land back at Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click here to see […]
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket to deliver Koreasat-5A, a commercial communications satellite, to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 3:34 p.m. on 30 October 2017. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage made a successful landing on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Click for more info and photos of the launch.