SpaceX decided just a few hours before the scheduled liftoff time on 16 May 2019 to delay the launch of the 60 Starlink satellites loaded atop a Falcon 9 rocket at Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The stated reason is to upgrade the software on the satellites. In this time exposure image from the first scrub the night before, spotlights at the launch pad on the horizon paint a “V” in the sky, the focus point […]
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket loaded with 60 (!) Starlink satellites dejectedly vents gaseous oxygen while on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after upper level winds refused to cooperate on 15 May 2019. The winds aloft were blowing at a speed to high for the rocket to handle safely so a last minute decision was made to keep the rocket on the ground for another day at least in the hope the winds will die down. […]
A time exposure shows the launch, at left, of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket taking a Dragon spacecraft loaded with supplies to the International Space Station at 2:48 a.m. on 4 May 2019 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The streaks at right are, at top, the first stage booster performing the entry burn, then a gap as the booster free falls, until starting its engines again, at lower right, to gently land on the […]
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket vents gaseous oxygen into the cold morning air during fueling in preparation to launch a GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force on 18 December 2018 from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Strong upper level winds caused a delay in the count in the hopes the winds would die down. When they did, a technical problem on the first stage forced a scrub for the day. Things are on track to […]
Lightning and rain around Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station delayed the launch of the Telstar 18 Vantage communications satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for over an hour until the weather cleared allowing for lift off at 12:45AM on 10 September 2018. Click to view a gallery of my Telstar 18 Vantage launch & booster recovery photos.