An Orbital ATK Minotaur IV rocket, built from retired components of a Peacemaker intercontinental ballistic missile, launched at 2:04 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on 26 August 2017. This rocket carried the SensorSat Demonstration satellite into orbit on the Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS-5) mission. SensorSat is a U.S. Air Force space surveillance system that will demonstrate the ability to observe other objects in orbit. This is the first launch of a Minotaur rocket […]
It is all about the lighting. Having to shoot almost directly into the sun turns the launch of an Atlas V rocket carrying a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station into a silhouette, albeit a rather spectacular silhouette, at 11:11AM on 18 April 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view more of the launch photos.
The Orbital ATK L-1011 Stargazer aircraft is seen overhead with the Pegasus XL rocket nestled along its belly in this view from Jetty Park at Port Canaveral. Pegasus XL launched the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) consisting of a constellation of eight microsatellite observatories that will collectively provide a measure of ocean surface wind speeds within the core of hurricanes from space. Stargazer is returning to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after a hydraulic pump problem with the rocket […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, CYGNSS, Jetty Park, L-1011, Orbital ATK, Pegasus XL, Port Canaveral, Skid Strip, Stargazer
It was clear skies until almost right up to the launch time at 11:05 p.m. on 22 March 2016 when a large, solid cloud moved between me and the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station making for a disappointing time exposure of the launch of an Atlas V rocket on the OA-6 mission to send a cargo ship to the International Space Station. If the launch had gone up five minutes later the offending cloud would have moved […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Atlas V rocket, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Commercial Resupply, Cygnus, Cygnus spacecraft, International Space Station, ISS, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, OA-6, Orbital ATK, Port Canaveral, SLC 41, Space Launch Complex 41, United Launch Alliance
The numerous weather delays for Orbital ATK’s fourth commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station using a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station meant a lot of free time to photograph what was going on around nearby Port Canaveral as viewed from Exploration Tower. A view of Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral with the bad weather overhead that kept the mission on the ground for a few extra days. Launch days brings out […]
Categories: Scenery • Tags: Atlas V, Atlas V rocket, Blackhawk helicopter, Brown Pelican, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, Carnival Sensation, Commercial Resupply, cruise ship, Cygnus spacecraft, Eastern Processing Facility, Exploration Tower, Freedom of the Seas, International Space Station, lifeboat drill, Mercury-Redstone rocket, OA-4, Orbital ATK, Patrick Air Force Base, Port Canaveral, Royal Caribbean, United Launch Alliance, Wernher Von Braun