Pummeling the ground with an estimated 2.5 million pounds (1.1 million kg) of thrust, the largest and most powerful member of United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Atlas V fleet roared aloft earlier tonight (Saturday, 14 April), to deliver a multi-purpose payload into orbit on behalf of the U.S. Air Force Space Command. Liftoff of the Atlas V 551—equipped with a 17-foot-wide (5-meter) payload fairing, five strap-on solid-fueled rockets and a single-engine Centaur upper stage—occurred from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 7:13 p.m. EDT, right on the opening of tonight’s two-hour “window”...Read More
A Falcon 9 rocket is being loaded with propellants in preparation for liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40, to boost a SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station. Liftoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EDT, for its 14th commercial resupply services mission to the space station.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 is 230 feet-tall and has two-stages topped by the company’s unpiloted Dragon spacecraft. The rocket’s first stage is powered by nine Merlin engines that ignite at T-0. Its second stage has a single Merlin engine that takes over after separation of the first stage. The engines run on a combination of super-cold liquid oxygen and the fuel, RP-1 — highly refined kerosene.Read More
On Tuesday, Feb. 6th at 3:45 PM ET, Falcon Heavy successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two, with the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)–a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel.Read More
Today our traveling reporter Rob van Mackelenbergh sent us the pictures of the launch and landing of the CRS-11 Falcon-9 / Dragon. This SpaceX vehicle was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on 3 June 2017 at 21:07 UTC. A special thanks to Rob van Mackelenbergh and the SpaceX and NASA for granting us access to report this event.
Today Rob sent us the pictures of the remote camera site at the SpaceX Falcon launchpad at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. The camerabox with the orange roof is the camera of Rob van Mackelenbergh, our special traveling reporter of Space-Site.com. Next part will be hopefully the launch pictures, which is set for Saturday, June 3 at 5:07 p.m. (local time).
Our special reporter Rob van Mackelenbergh is at the Kennedy Space Center to report the launch of the SpaceX Falcon-9. Here are the first pictures of the set up of the rocket on the launchpad.
At 9:39:00 am ET on February 19, 2017, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Dragon spacecraft, lifted off from Launch Complex 39A to deliver nearly 5,500 lbs of cargo and supplies to the International Space Station. This marked SpaceX’s first launch from Kennedy Space Center’s historic pad, and the first launch from LC-39A since July 8, 2011 when Atlantis lifted off for the final flight of the Shuttle Program.
If you ever wondered where the International Space Station (ISS) currently is above the Earth, we have the answer for you. On our “Where is the ISS” page you can follow the space station in almost realtime (5 seconds update).Read More
The Feb. 18 launch attempt of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was scrubbed due to a second stage thrust control issue. The rocket was scheduled to launch the company’s Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station with almost 5,500 pounds of scientific research and other supplies. Details about a future launch attempt are being evaluated.Read More
After an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit during a 35-minute engine burn. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth at 8:53 p.m. PDT (11:53 p.m. EDT) Monday, July 4.Read More