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.
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
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
Giant cargo cranes along the waterfront at Port Canaveral look like they are paying homage to the future represented by the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster at right used to launch JCSAT-16. After successfully throwing its second stage topped with the satellite into orbit, the first stage booster powered down to a pinpoint landing on a barge located several hundred miles out in the Atlantic Ocean, which eventually made its way back to Port a few days later with its precious […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, droneship, Falcon 9, Japan, JCSAT-16, Of Course I Still Love You, Port Canaveral, SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Space Launch Complex 40, SpaceX
The Port Canaveral Fourth of July celebration was held on Saturday, 2 July 2016, with music, food, and crafts for sale all centered around Exploration Tower. The fireworks display was fired off on the north side of the Port with viewing restricted to the south side or from a boat out on the water. Getting there early afforded a good waterside setup for photography plus watching the day come to a leisurely end. Two juvenile Green Sea Turtles kept the […]
The appearance of the Royal Navy ballistic missile submarine H.M.S. Vengeance is enough to believe the ship’s motto, Safe By My Strength. Especially knowing the ship carries 16 Trident missiles armed with nuclear warheads. According to the Royal Navy the Vengeance is one of four “. . . of the current Vanguard-class submarines on patrol somewhere in the oceans of the globe, protecting the UK through a credible nuclear deterrent.” These submarines also carry the secret “Letters of Last Resort”, […]
The SpaceX “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship made it back into Port Canaveral carrying the first stage booster used for the Thaicom-8 launch. The booster landed on the small barge positioned about 400 miles east of Cape Canaveral about 9 minutes after launch. The booster developed a slight tilt after its unusually hard landing damaged one of the shock-absorbing landing legs. View photos of the return to Port Canaveral.
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: 45th Space WIng, Asia, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, droneship, Falcon 9 rocket, first stage, Of Course I Still Love You, Port Canaveral, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Space Launch Complex 40, SpaceX, Thaicom 8, Thaicom Public Limited Company, Thailand
The SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage used to launch JCSAT-14 is finally moved from Port Canaveral to a SpaceX facility inside Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click to view more images of the move.
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Brevard County, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, droneship, Exploration Tower, Falcon 9, first stage, Florida, JCSAT-14, Of Course I Still Love You, Port Canaveral, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., SpaceX
The SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage that helped launch JCSAT-14 returned to Port Canaveral on 9 May 2016 around 10:30 p.m. but I did not get to see it until the afternoon of the next day. Though the first stage shows signs of the high heating and stresses it encountered on its long fall through the atmosphere it looks overall to be in good shape. In this image the first stage has already been moved onshore from the “Of Course […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Brevard County, droneship, Exploration Tower, Falcon 9, first stage, Florida, JCSAT-14, Of Course I Still Love You, Port Canaveral, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., SpaceX