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 […]
SpaceX launched its sixteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-16) to the International Space Station (ISS) at 1:16 p.m. on 5 December 2018 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Click to view the photo gallery.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A carrying the Es’hail-2 communications satellite for the Qatar Satellite Company to provide service throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Liftoff occurred on time at 3:46 p.m. on 15 November 2018. Click to view the complete launch gallery.
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.
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.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 12:45 a.m. on 10 September 2018. Following stage separation, the Falcon 9’s first stage landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Click to view my Telstar 18V gallery of launch & booster return photographs.
An experimental image worked up from the launch of the Merah Putih communications satellite aboard a Falcon 9 rocket at 1:18 a.m. on 7 August 2018 shows the trajectory of the rocket in its flight but, also, making the stars more visible.
A Little Blue Heron crosses in front of the returning SpaceX droneship Of Course I Still Love You carrying the first stage booster for the Merah Putih satellite launch as they entered Port Canaveral. Click for more photos.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 first stage booster used to launch the Merah Putih communications satellite into orbit returned to Port Canaveral for the second time aboard the Of Course I Still Love You droneship late in the afternoon of 9 August 2018. This was the second flight for this particular booster. It first flew back in May 2018 to launch Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into orbit. Click to view more photos of the Merah Putih booster return.
A Little Blue Heron appeared on the jetty at Jetty Park as a crowd of reporters and space fans waited for the return to Port Canaveral of the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship bearing the SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage booster that had launched the Merah Putih satellite only a few days ago. More photos of the booster return to follow.