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
Late night excitement as a SpaceX Falcon Heavy booster launched at 2:30 a.m. on 25 June 2019 carrying 24 separate spacecraft into orbit for the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program-2 (STP-2). In this almost nine minute time exposure, the arc of the rocket into orbit gives way over seven minutes later to the entry burns of the twin boosters seen at top as two parallel lines. Then the boosters fall before starting their engines again, seen as the two […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • 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
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http://youtu.be/Zl3ccXHLIfs My video homage to the end of the Space Shuttle Program using audio taken from the last flights of Discovery, Endeavour, and Atlantis in addition to images I’ve taken of those flights and from various Kennedy Space Center Up-Close tours and other events to get near these incredible vehicles during their preparation and move into retirement.
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: Atlantis, Discovery, Endeavour, Kennedy Space Center, Kennedy Space Center Up-Close, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle Program, Up-Close
The Orbiter Endeavour streaks to a landing behind telephone poles, a palm tree, and a metal tower for a landing at Kennedy Space Center ending the STS-127 construction mission to the International Space Station on 31 July 2009.
A relic of the old railroad running right up along the beach to Launch Pads 39A & B dates back to the Apollo days at Kennedy Space Center when the 20th Century journey to the Moon got an assist from a 19th Century innovation.