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.
The twice-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage has returned to Port Canaveral and is back on shore. Click to view the images added to the SES-10 launch photo gallery.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is not quite clear of the tower yet in this photo from the 30 March 2017 launch of the SES-10 satellite. Lots of reusable items here, including the old shuttle launch pad getting a new lease on life with SpaceX, and the Falcon 9 first stage, which flew once before less than a year ago and is now proving it can do it again. Click to view the rest of my SES-10 launch photos.
A gathering of space fans atop Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral eagerly await the first launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The Apollo missions to the Moon and all the Space Shuttle missions were launched from 39A and its nearby twin, 39B. SpaceX leased 39A for commercial use after the retirement of the Space Shuttle. As the 10:01 a.m. launch time rolled around on 18 February 2017 everything pointed toward getting […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Commercial Resupply, CRS-10, Exploration Tower, International Space Station, ISS, Kennedy Space Center, KSC, Launch Complex 39A, NASA, Port Canaveral, Thrust Vector Control, TVC
Sam throws a paw over a Crawler-Transporter topped with a Shuttle-era Mobile Launch Platform at Kennedy Space Center. From a NASA infographic: NASA’s two crawler-transporters are unique in the world. Originally built in 1965 to carry the massive Saturn V rocket and Apollo spacecraft from Kennedy’s Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Complex 39, they continued to support human space exploration taking space shuttles to their launch pads for 30 years. The crawlers are critical elements to enable future launch operations […]
Black Vultures enjoy the morning atop light poles lining the Crawlerway at Kennedy Space Center. A view of one of the Crawler-Transporters with a Shuttle-era Mobile Launcher Platform upon its back waits patiently in the storage yard to be of use again one day. All these photos were taken from the Launch Complex 39 Observation Gantry, which put one at Vulture-level on the lights. The Crawlerway turns toward the distant Launch Complex 39B. A former Apollo-Saturn and Space Shuttle launch […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Black Vulture, Coragyps atratus, Crawler, Crawler-Transporter, Crawlerway, Kennedy Space Center, KSC, Launch Complex 39 Observation Gantry, Launch Complex 39B, LC39B, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, SLS, Space Launch System
After SpaceX signed an agreement with NASA to lease historic Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center for the next 20 years, the commercial space company has begun modifying the pad to support its Falcon 9 and Falcon 9 Heavy launch vehicles. The biggest change so far is the construction of a large hanger straddling the Crawlerway. Falcon 9 rockets will be processed horizontally inside the hanger then move to the pad where they will be lifted vertically for launch. […]
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: commercial space, Falcon 9 Heavy, Falcon 9 rocket, Kennedy Space Center, KSC, Launch Complex 39A, Launch Complex 39B, SLS, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Space Launch System, SpaceX
A Saturn 1B rocket of a type that flew from 1966 to 1975 reclines on its side in the Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This view is from the rear showing the cluster of engines used by its first stage booster. A Saturn 1B carried Apollo 7 into orbit on the first manned test of the Apollo spacecraft that would later take astronauts to the Moon. Other notable launches carried out by the Saturn 1B include […]
The rockets in the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Rocket Garden reflected in the glass front of the Dr. Kurt H. Debus Conference Facility.
Photos of the first SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) that was on display over the weekend at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. A whimsical sign warns visitors to keep away from the well-guarded spacecraft. Note the charred heat shield above the sign. The large opening in the back contained the parachutes that opened from harnesses that deployed from the arcing tracks along the sides. This Dragon landed in the Pacific Ocean off […]
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: Commercial Orbital Transportation Services, COTS, Dragon, Dragon spacecraft, Falcon 9, Falcon 9 rocket, International Space Station, ISS, Kennedy Space Center, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, KSC, KSCVC, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., SpaceX