Vapor condenses momentarily around the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as it goes supersonic creating an interesting light show as the rising Sun catches the flight of the sixth launch of Starlink satellites on 18 March 2020. Click to view more photos and a video of the launch.
Abort! A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket remains on Launch Complex-39A engulfed in its engine exhaust after an unsuccessful attempt to launch the 6th group of Starlink satellites into orbit at 9:22 a.m. on 15 March 2020.
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 […]
A view from inside Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building looking out the open doors of High Bay #4. Discovery sits in silhouette while beyond, under Discovery’s wing at right, can be seen Atlantis waiting to enter the Orbiter Processing Facility in March 2012. Click to relive the retirement of the Space Shuttle Program.
The Solid Rocket Motors separate at 1 minute 40 seconds into the flight of the last single-core Delta IV rocket on 22 August 2019 delivering the second Global Positioning System (GPS) III spacecraft, “Magellan,” into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view the gallery of launch images.
The second phase, or extension, if you will, of the Apollo Program is coming to light 50 years after it should have been initiated. Better late than never, I guess. Plans to return astronauts to the Moon, this time to build a small space station called Gateway in lunar orbit, with astronauts visiting the surface for longer periods of exploration, are starting to come together under the name of Artemis. According to NASA, “Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo and […]
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket launches GPS III SV02 “Magellan” from SLC-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as seen from the LC-39 Observation Gantry at Kennedy Space Center at 9:06AM on 22 August 2019. More images of the launch to follow. Probably this weekend when I can find the time to work them.
A unique view of the distant Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center taken from the rooftop of the Atlas Spaceflight Operations Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station shows in the foreground an Osprey nesting platform atop a pole. A small reminder that there is room for Ospreys in the Space Age provided for by the fish-filled waters of Cape Canaveral.
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: ASOC, Atlas Spaceflight Operations Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Kennedy Space Center, KSC, Osprey, Pandion haliaetus, VAB, Vehicle Assembly Building
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launching STP-2 produces a massive fiery tail as it heads to orbit on the vehicle’s first night launch. Click for more.
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Department of Defense, DoD, Falcon Heavy, Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Test Program, SpaceX, STP-2