The Crew Dragon Demo-1 spacecraft that recently returned from the International Space Station after flying an automatic test flight there and back returns to Port Canaveral aboard the Go Searcher recovery ship on 9 March 2019. The Demo-1 spacecraft had parachuted to a landing in the Atlantic Ocean the day before. The arrival back at Port was the beginning of a late night operation to get the spacecraft off the ship and back to its hanger for study. A successful […]
The SpaceX Falcon 9 booster for the CRS-16 mission floats in the water at Port Canaveral after being towed in earlier in the day on 7 December 2018. The booster strayed off course as it attempted to touchdown on Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A failure of one of the grid fins that help steer and stabilize the rocket during its descent failed causing the rocket to come down further to the east in the Atlantic […]
The SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage used for the Telstar 18 Vantage communications satellite launch returns to Port Canaveral on 12 September 2018 aboard the Of Course I Still Love You droneship that the booster landed on about eight minutes after launch a few hundred miles out in the Atlantic Ocean. Click to view a gallery of my Telstar 18 Vantage launch & booster recovery photos.
The SpaceX recovery ship Go Quest heads into Port Canaveral while in front of it is the U.S. Navy’s Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel named City of Bismarck. The Go Quest supports ocean landings of SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets on the autonomous spaceport drone ship, sort of a rocket landing pad on a barge, that is then towed back to Port Canaveral so the rocket can be refurbished and reused. In this case, the return of the booster on 12 September […]