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 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
Views of Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center taken on 18 December 2018. SpaceX is currently in the midst of a twenty year lease on LC-39A, the historic pad from the Apollo and Space Shuttle eras now refurbished to launch Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. Also launching from this pad soon, astronauts aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft that will launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket. The white arm sticking out to the right is the Crew Access Arm […]
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