A long and hot Thursday afternoon spent waiting for the launch of the first SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket. Reportedly the last iteration of the Falcon 9 and one promising rapid reuse of its first stage booster from upwards of ten to a hundred reflights. This particular rocket is supposed to carry Bangabandhu Satellite-1, the first satellite for Bangladesh and the large contingent of dignitaries and guests from that country seemed very enthusiastic for the launch. An attitude that […]
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the OTV-5 mission into orbit for the U.S. Air Force at 10:00 a.m. on 7 September 2017 from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. About eight minutes after launch, the Falcon 9 first stage successfully landed at Landing Zone 1 at the adjacent Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This is the fifth flight of the Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), a small, winged, reusable spacecraft that looks like a tiny version of […]
Intelsat 35e gets a boost to orbit from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 7:38 p.m. from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The commercial communications satellite is seen here streaking to orbit in a time exposure. Click to view the rest of the launch photos.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches BulgariaSat-1, a commercial communications satellite, into orbit from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center at 3:10 p.m. on 23 June 2017. Click to view more images and a short video of the launch.
The SpaceX CRS-11 Falcon 9 first stage is pictured moments before landing at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a blustery late afternoon on 3 June 2017. Learn more and see the rest of the launch and landing photos and video at http://www.lunarcabin.com/Rocket_Launches/CRS11.html.
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Commercial Resupply, CRS-11, Dragon, International Space Station, ISS, Kennedy Space Center, Landing Zone 1, Launch Complex 39A, NASA, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., SpaceX
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.