Author: Ken Kremer

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Recovered Payload Fairings for 1st SpaceX Polar Orbit Launch from Florida Return to Port Canaveral: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PORT CANAVERAL, FL –  Both halves of the nose cone from SpaceX’s history making 1st polar launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida on Sunday evening, Aug. 30 were recovered by the SpaceX naval fleet after soft splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean and returned to Port Canaveral overnight a day later this morning, Monday, Sept.

SpaceX Targets Unprecedented Falcon 9 Launch Double Header Sunday of Starlink and Saocom Sats after ULA Delta IV Heavy Hot Fire Pad Abort: Photos/Watch Live

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER/CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL –  SpaceX is targeting an unprecedented Double Header of Falcon 9 rocket launches on Sunday, Aug. 30 involving Starlink and Saocom 1B satellites just 9 hours apart following the dramatic hot fire pad abort scrub of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket on Saturday, Aug. 29

All Legs Retracted on 6x Flown SpaceX Falcon 9, Goes Horizontal and Returns to Cape: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PORT CANAVERAL, FL –  After apparently taking the weekend off following last Friday’s sunrise return to Port Canaveral of the 1st ever 6x flown Falcon 9 booster and working on other projects related to the octagrabber booster grappling device on Monday Aug. 24, SpaceX workers resumed processing the blackened, veteran and sooty 1st stage on Tuesday,

Space Coast Launch Triple Header Delayed by ULA Triple-Core Delta IV Heavy Scrub to Aug. 29: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL –  The potentially ‘historic’ launch triple header involving a trio of rocket blastoffs in as little as 3 days have all been delayed like falling dominos by this morning’s scrub of the triple-core United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a top secret government satellite – due to

Top Secret NRO SpySat Atop ULA Delta IV Heavy Kicks Off Trio of Space Coast Launches Overnight Aug. 27 Concluding Busy August: Photos/Watch Live

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL –  A top secret intelligence gathering spy satellite for the secretive U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) sitting atop a mighty United Launch Alliance (ULA) triple barreled Delta IV Heavy rocket is all set to kick off a trio of Florida Space Coast launches overnight Aug. 27 – concluding a busy

Triumphant Sunrise Return to Port Canaveral for 1st 6x Flight-Proven SpaceX Falcon 9: Photos

For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PORT CANAVERAL, FL –  Looking sootier and sootier but nonetheless stunning while setting a new record-breaking reusability record, the 1st ever 6x ‘flight-proven’ SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage returned to Port Canaveral towed triumphantly atop the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ (OSICLY) droneship on another tremendous sunrise Friday, Aug 21, along Florida’s Space Coast –