A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the OTV-5 mission into orbit for the U.S. Air Force at 10:00 a.m. on 7 September 2017 from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. About eight minutes after launch, the Falcon 9 first stage successfully landed at Landing Zone 1 at the adjacent Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This is the fifth flight of the Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), a small, winged, reusable spacecraft that looks like a tiny version of […]
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched a Dragon spacecraft to low-Earth orbit to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station for NASA from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center at 12:31 p.m. on 14 August 2017. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage landed at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida approximately eight minutes after launch. The image shows the first stage falling just prior to commencing the landing burn to place […]
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.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the INMARSAT-5 F4 commercial communications satellite from Space Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center at 7:21 p.m. on 15 May 2017. INMARSAT-5 F4 is the fourth satellite in the Global Xpress constellation; the world’s first globally available, high speed, mobile broadband service for users on land, at sea, and in the air. The satellite was built by Boeing Network & Space Systems. Due to the weight of the satellite, the first stage did […]
A SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage booster makes a succesful landing at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after sending a classified satellite (NROL-76) into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office. Liftoff was at 7:15 a.m. on 1 May 2017 from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A with the landing happening a little over eight minutes later. Click to view the gallery of NROL-76 launch and landing photographs.
SpaceX ran the Transporter Erector (TE) through its paces at Space Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in the hours before the launch of OA-7 from nearby Launch Complex 41. “Standing 212 feet high – more than 20 stories,” as a NASA press release explains, the Transporter Erector ”. . .will move launch-ready rockets and spacecraft from the processing hangar at the base of the pad up to the pad surface and into a vertical position over the flame […]
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched EchoStar XXIII on 16 March 2017 at 2:00 a.m. from Launch Complex-39A at Kennedy Space Center as seen in this time exposure from the beach at Sebastian Inlet State Park. Click to view more.
Giant cargo cranes along the waterfront at Port Canaveral look like they are paying homage to the future represented by the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster at right used to launch JCSAT-16. After successfully throwing its second stage topped with the satellite into orbit, the first stage booster powered down to a pinpoint landing on a barge located several hundred miles out in the Atlantic Ocean, which eventually made its way back to Port a few days later with its precious […]
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched JCSAT-16, a commercial telecommunications satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, at 1:26 a.m. on 14 August 2016 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Following stage separation, the first stage of Falcon 9 successfully landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship positioned several hundred miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation is a leading satellite operator providing high-quality satellite communications in the Asia-Pacific region. […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, droneship, Falcon 9, Japan, JCSAT-16, Sebastian Inlet State Park, SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Space Launch Complex 40, SpaceX
SpaceX launched the ninth of its commercial resupply missions for NASA to the International Space Station on 18 July 2016 at 12:45 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Besides getting the Dragon spacecraft successfully off into orbit, the first stage booster was successfully flown back to a safe touchdown on Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral. These images show the entry burn as the engines fire to slow the booster as it falls from a high altitude while traveling […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Commercial Resupply, Dragon spacecraft, Falcon 9, Falcon 9 rocket, first stage, International Space Station, ISS, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, SLC 40, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Space Launch Complex 40, SpaceX