A SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage booster makes a succesful landing at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after sending a classified satellite (NROL-76) into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office. Liftoff was at 7:15 a.m. on 1 May 2017 from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A with the landing happening a little over eight minutes later. Click to view the gallery of NROL-76 launch and landing photographs.
SpaceX ran the Transporter Erector (TE) through its paces at Space Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in the hours before the launch of OA-7 from nearby Launch Complex 41. “Standing 212 feet high – more than 20 stories,” as a NASA press release explains, the Transporter Erector ”. . .will move launch-ready rockets and spacecraft from the processing hangar at the base of the pad up to the pad surface and into a vertical position over the flame […]
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 SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched EchoStar XXIII on 16 March 2017 at 2:00 a.m. from Launch Complex-39A at Kennedy Space Center as seen in this time exposure from the beach at Sebastian Inlet State Park. Click to view more.
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
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 piece of Space Shuttle history sits in the overgrown grass of a NASA junkyard at Kennedy Space Center. This is the External Tank Gaseous Oxygen Vent Arm, or more popularly called the “beanie cap”, that used to sit atop Launch Complex 39A and used for all the Space Shuttle launches from that pad. LC-39A is undergoing major modifications to prepare it for launching the SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy rocket so this piece of equipment is no longer needed at […]
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: Atlantis, Atlantis exhibit, beanie cap, External Tank, External Tank Gaseous Oxygen Vent Arm, Falcon 9 Heavy, Fixed Service Structure, gaseous nitrogen, gaseous oxygen, Kennedy Space Center, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Launch Complex 39A, Launch Complex 39B, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space Shuttle, SpaceX