The Space Launch System Mobile Launcher topped with the gantry tower that holds the umbilicals and other access points to the large rocket when its on the pad has had the crew access arm installed. The arm, that can be seen sticking out from the tower up toward the top on the left, provides the walkway astronauts will take to get into the Orion spacecraft when the rocket is on the launch pad. The recent addition to the tower was […]
The Reusable Launch Vehicle Hanger, located at the south end of the Shuttle Landing Facility, is used for a diverse number of activities, including storage of NASA helicopters used at Kennedy Space Center as seen here. One of the buildings most memorable uses was the collection and reconstruction of debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia during the accident investigation. The event is commemorated with the STS-107 logo on the building. Space Florida currently manages the facility under contract with NASA.
Photos from a fast moving bus ride through the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center made worse by the dark tint of the windows. The Shuttle Landing Facility is currently managed by Space Florida under an agreement with NASA. The runway is the dark tarmac at left. Seventy-eight space shuttle landings took place here during the life of the program. The air traffic control tower at midfield is at right. At left is the space shuttle mockup named “Inspiration” […]
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket sits bathed in spotlights on Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The rocket undergoing tests a few weeks before its launch. The bulbous fairing at the top of the rocket covering a Red Tesla sports car that will be hurled into an orbit that will reach out as far as Mars. The car standing in as a weight simulator for the rocket’s test launch. Success or failure. We should know soon.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched a Dragon spacecraft on a Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-13) from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to low-Earth orbit to deliver 4,800 pounds of crew supplies, science and research equipment, and other cargo to and from the International Space Station for NASA at 10:36 a.m. on 15 December 2017. Seen here, following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage landed at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Commercial Resupply, CRS-13, Dragon, International Space Station, ISS, Kennedy Space Center, Landing Zone 1, NASA, SLC 40, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., SpaceX
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.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches EchoStar 105/SES-11 on 11 October 2017 at 6:53 p.m. from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The rocket arcs over the Atlantic as seen in this sunset time exposure taken at Blockhouse Beach at Patrick Air Force Base. Click for more images and information about this launch. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches NROL-52 on 15 October 2017 at 3:28 a.m. from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Atlas V, EchoStar-105, Falcon 9, Florida, Indian River Lagoon, Kennedy Space Center, National Reconnaissance Office, NROL-52, Patrick Air Force Base, SES-11, SpaceX, time exposure, United Launch Alliance, Vero Beach
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 […]