After launching on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on 8 September 2016, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) spacecraft arrived on 3 December 2018 at its destination — the asteroid Bennu. Classified as a near-Earth asteroid, Bennu is small, about 0.3 miles in diameter but its makeup dates back to the beginnings of the solar system. OSIRIS-REx will study the asteroid for about two years before landing on its surface to retrieve a sample to […]
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) 4 communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force on 17 October 2018 at 12:15 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as seen here in a time exposure looking north over the Indian River Lagoon. Click to view my AEHF-4 launch gallery.
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Advanced Extremely High Frequency, AEHF-4, Atlas V, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Indian River Lagoon, SLC 41, Space Launch Complex 41, U.S. Air Force, ULA, United Launch Alliance
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket launched NASA’s Parker Solar Probe on 12 August 2018 at 3:31 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Parker Solar Probe is humanity’s first mission to the sun. After launch, it will orbit directly through the solar atmosphere – the corona – closer to the surface than any human-made object has ever gone. While facing brutal heat and radiation, the mission will reveal fundamental science behind what […]
Technical problems plagued the 11 August 2018 liftoff of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket poised to send NASA’s Parker Solar Probe towards its rendezvous with the Sun from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Launch attempts at 3:53 a.m. and 4:28 a.m. both ran into snags that could not be fixed before the launch window closed at 4:38 a.m. on a rather dewy morning scrubbing the launch for the day. The launch team […]
A photo of the late afternoon start of the AFSPC-11 mission that saw a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launch two spacecraft for the Air Force Space Command to a geosynchronous transfer orbit. Liftoff occurred from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:13 p.m. on 14 April 2018. Click to learn more about the mission and see more of the launch photos.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched the GOES-S spacecraft into orbit from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:02 p.m. on 1 March 2018 for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). View the rest of my selected GOES-S launch photos.
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 411 rocket launched the fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:48 p.m. on 19 January 2018. The Space Based Infrared System is considered one of the nation’s highest priority space programs and is designed to provide global, persistent, infrared surveillance capabilities to meet 21st Century demands in four national security mission areas. Click for more photos and […]
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches EchoStar 105/SES-11 on 11 October 2017 at 6:53 p.m. from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The rocket arcs over the Atlantic as seen in this sunset time exposure taken at Blockhouse Beach at Patrick Air Force Base. Click for more images and information about this launch. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches NROL-52 on 15 October 2017 at 3:28 a.m. from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Atlas V, EchoStar-105, Falcon 9, Florida, Indian River Lagoon, Kennedy Space Center, National Reconnaissance Office, NROL-52, Patrick Air Force Base, SES-11, SpaceX, time exposure, United Launch Alliance, Vero Beach
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket launched the Tracking Data and Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M) into a geosynchronous transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:29 a.m on 18 August 2017. NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) is a space-based communication system used to provide tracking, telemetry, command and high-bandwidth data return services. The TDRSS, also referred to as the NASA Space Network, consists of satellites in geosynchronous stationary orbits and […]