Liftoff of the ‘flight-proven’ SpaceX Falcon 9 booster B1049.6 took place right on time Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 10:31 a.m. EDT on its eleventh Starlink mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Enjoy our photos of the Falcon 9 launch gallery taken by the Space UpClose team of Ken Kremer and Jean Wright.
To top that off the SpaceX was able to successfully land the 6x flown 1st stage booster for a sixth time on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ (OCISLY) droneship – thereby setting up a 7th launch attempt at some point in the not too distant future.
SpaceX also successfully caught one of the payload fairing halves mid-air with the humongous net rigged on their ‘Go Ms Tree’ fairing catcher ship – while the other was scooped from the Atlantic Ocean by the SpaceX fleet.
Enjoy our photos of the Falcon 9 launch and prelaunch from Space Launch Complex-40 taken by the Space UpClose team of Ken Kremer and Jean Wright.
Check back as the gallery grows.
Watch my post launch commentary about the Aug. 18 Starlink, SkySat launch at Wesh 2 NBC News Orlando and WFTV ABC Channel 9 TV News Orlando
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SpaceX Falcon 9 vents LOX moments before liftoff on 11th Starlink comsat mission from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida on Aug. 18, 2020. Credit: Jean Wright/spaceupclose.com
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For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – NASA successfully completed the critical cryogenic tanking test for the Artemis 1 Moon rocket on Wednesday, Sept. 21, after teams encountered another significant hydrogen leak near the start of the loading process engineers and then effectively resolved them in a timely manner at Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center
For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM TITUSVILLE, FL – Following five consecutive weather scrubs since Tuesday, Sept. 13, the heavens miraculously cleared just enough despite another poor forecast and SpaceX at last launched a veteran Falcon 9 rocket on the sixth try just past sunset Sunday evening, Sept. 18, on a mission carrying another batch of Starlink internet satellites to low Earth