On 30 June 2020 at 4:10 p.m., a SpaceX’s Falcon 9 successfully lifted off, carrying the U.S. Space Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS) III Space Vehicle 03 mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Click for more photos and info on the launch.
A time lapse video of the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket launching 58 Starlink satellites and 3 satellites for another company through a ride share program at 5:21 a.m. on 13 June 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Annoyingly, the tripod shifted in the soft beach sand without being noticed resulting in a lopsided horizon. Watch for the second stage going all the way down to the horizon as it arcs into orbit while the first stage can […]
SpaceX conducts the ninth launch of Starlink satellites, this time lofting 58 Starlink satellites plus three of Planet’s Skysats into orbit for SpaceX’s new SmallSat Rideshare Program. The launch occurred from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:21 a.m. on 13 June 2020. The time exposure shows the arc of the trajectory all the way down to the horizon. The divergent path of the Falcon 9’s first stage can be seen as it maneuvers to […]
Storm clouds along the Indian River Lagoon obscure the launch of the Starlink 7 mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying 60 more Starlink satellites into orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The brief yellow fire of the rocket going upward was seen only briefly before being lost in the clouds on 3 June 2020 at 9:22pm. Click to view more rocket launch photography.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage booster used to launch the DM-2 mission carrying Crew Dragon with two NASA astronauts onboard to the International Space Staton returned to Port Canaveral on 2 June 2020 three days after its historic launch. The booster landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship about eight minutes after launch. Click to view more photos of the DM-2 booster return to Port Canaveral.
I missed the historic return of crewed spaceflight to the United States achieved by NASA and SpaceX with the DM-2 mission carrying two astronauts to the International Space Station. Deterred by the bad weather forecast and a bit of laziness brought on by the weekend, I decided to stay close to home in the chance of the launch being postponed but leaving open the option of getting some long distance shots. Sadly, neither came to pass as the rocket lifted […]
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried out the seventh launch of Starlink satellites from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center at 3:30 p.m. on 22 April 2020. Click for more information and to view the launch gallery.
Vapor condenses momentarily around the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as it goes supersonic creating an interesting light show as the rising Sun catches the flight of the sixth launch of Starlink satellites on 18 March 2020. Click to view more photos and a video of the launch.
Abort! A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket remains on Launch Complex-39A engulfed in its engine exhaust after an unsuccessful attempt to launch the 6th group of Starlink satellites into orbit at 9:22 a.m. on 15 March 2020.