A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the third group of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 9:19 p.m. on 6 January 2020. Click to view the full launch gallery.
I have waited several years to get a time exposure from the observation deck atop Exploration Tower overlooking Port Canaveral of a rocket streaking into space. My previous attempts, halfhearted at best, were derailed by rain scrubbing the launch or problems with the gear. But it is not all joy. Crystal clear skies in the hours leading up to the launch gave way to unexpectedly cloudy skies right at launch time. I look forward to trying it again in the […]
SpaceX launched its nineteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-19) for NASA to the International Space Station on 5 December 2019 at 12:29 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view the launch gallery and to see a video of birds disturbed by the launch.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 60 Starlink satellites into orbit on 11 November 2019 at 9:56 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. SpaceX is developing a low latency, global broadband internet system enabled by a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites called Starlink. Click to view the launch gallery including an experimental launch video.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the AMOS-17 communications satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:23 p.m. on 6 August 2019. Falcon 9’s first stage for the AMOS-17 mission previously supported the Telstar-19 VANTAGE mission in July 2018 and the Es’hail-2 mission in November 2018. The image is a long distance view through rain clouds taken in drizzling rain that obscured the rocket but the clouds could not hide the bright flame. […]
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.
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 […]
The first 60 of what is planned to be thousands of Starlink satellites launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 10:30 p.m. on 23 May 2019. When the network is operational, these satellites will provide global broadband access. Click to view the Starlink launch gallery.
Replaying another old video, this time the launch of SES-8 back in December 2013 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which featured good lighting on the booster and fairing separations allowing for an animation to be made from the photographs showing these objects in flight. Click to view the SES-8 launch gallery.
SpaceX decided just a few hours before the scheduled liftoff time on 16 May 2019 to delay the launch of the 60 Starlink satellites loaded atop a Falcon 9 rocket at Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The stated reason is to upgrade the software on the satellites. In this time exposure image from the first scrub the night before, spotlights at the launch pad on the horizon paint a “V” in the sky, the focus point […]