Author: Ken Kremer

Watch for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and more space and mission reports direct from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Stay tuned here for Ken's continuing Earth and Planetary science and human spaceflight news. Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about space topics. Ken’s photos are for sale and he is available for lectures and outreach events.

Double Dose of Florida Falcons Starts Launching Jan. 30 with GovSat-1 on Flight Proven SpaceX Falcon 9: Watch Live

The GovSat-1/SES-16 communications satellite spacecraft is a joint venture between the Government of Luxembourg and satellite operator SES. It is scheduled for launch on Jan 30, 2018 on board a SpaceX flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket from pad 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.  Credit: Orbital ATK/SES Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   29 Jan 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE

2 Falcons Simultaneously Vertical on 2 Pads Launching by SpaceX in Next 2 Weeks 1st time: Rocket Heaven at Florida’s Spaceport

2 soon to launch SpaceX rockets stand simultaneous erect at Florida’s Spaceport:  Falcon Heavy at pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at left and Falcon 9 booster carrying SES-16/GovSat-1 at pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at right post Jan. 26, 2018 static fire test.  Credit: Ken Kremer/SpaceUpClose.com  Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   26 Jan 2018 MERRITT ISLAND NATIONAL

Mighty SpaceX Falcon Heavy Roars to Life Emitting Enormous Exhaust Plume After Stunning 1st Static Fire Engine Test

Debut SpaceX Falcon Heavy ignites 27 first stage engines during first ever static fire test generating 5 million pounds of thrust and an enormous exhaust plume on Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida – as seen on Jan. 24  2018 from Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.  Debut liftoff slated for early February 2018.  Credit: Ken Kremer/SpaceUpClose.com

ULA Atlas V Delivers SBIRS ‘Global Watchman’ Ballistic Missile Early Warning Satellite to Orbit: Photos

Long exposure streak shot of a ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the SBIRS GEO Flight 4 missile tracking surveillance satellite for the U.S. Air Force after lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex-41 at 7:48 p.m.  EST, Jan. 19, 2018.   Credit: Ken Kremer/SpaceUpClose.com Ken Kremer  —   Space UpClose  —   20 Jan 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION,

Atlas V SBIRS GEO Flight 4 Launch Highlights Reel: ULA Video

The ULA Atlas V rocket launched the U.S. Air Force SBIRS GEO Flight 4 mission on Jan. 19, 2018 from Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., and successfully delivered the infrared missile tracking satellite to orbit.  Credit: Ken Kremer/SpaceUpClose.com Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   20 Jan 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – An Atlas

ULA Atlas V Liftoff with USAF SBIRS GEO 4 Missile Detection Satellite Reset to Jan 19 after Launch Pad Scrub: Live Webcast

Nighttime view of ULA Atlas V rocket poised for liftoff carrying the SBIRS GEO Flight 4 mission to geosynchronous orbit for the U.S. Air Force from Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Jan. 18, 2018.   Launch reset for Jan. 19, 2018.  Credit: Ken Kremer/SpaceUpClose.com Ken Kremer  —   SpaceUpClose.com  —   19 Jan 2018 CAPE CANAVERAL AIR