Here are some old photos, minus the historic black and white image, I had taken of a decommissioned U.S. Air Force tracking station that used to be along US-1 opposite Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Most likely the station dates back to the early days of the Eastern Test Range of the late 1950s and was used to track the early rocket and missile launches. The station has since been torn down. An online search failed […]
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried out the seventh launch of Starlink satellites from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center at 3:30 p.m. on 22 April 2020. Click for more information and to view the launch gallery.
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.