For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM JETTY PARK BEACH, FL – Spectacularly sunny Space Coast skies greeted SpaceX on their (and the Capes) 1st launch of 2023, Tuesday morning, Jan. 3, on the Transporter-6 mission as part of the firms commercial rideshare program – carrying over 100 smallsats and cubesats to low earth orbit (LEO) on a veteran Falcon 9 booster now
For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PORT CANAVERAL, FL – New Year’s Eve rocket revelers celebrated early as the last launched and landed SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage booster of 2022 from Cape Canaveral returned triumphantly to Port Canaveral at noonish, Saturday, Dec 31, New Year’s Eve – just over three days after the stunning dead of night liftoff Wednesday, Dec. 28.
For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM JETTY PARK BEACH, FL – An Astra launch failure resulted in the loss and destruction of the first pair of NASA TROPICS hurricane research cubesat satellites Sunday afternoon, June 12, after the premature shutdown of the upper stage about seven minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral. After delays due to a wayward boat and to confirm
For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PORT CANAVERAL/KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The ‘flight-proven’ SpaceX Falcon 9 booster that successfully launched the NASA ESA quartet of Crew-3 multinational astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on a spectacular Wednesday evening Nov. 10 liftoff and landed eight minutes later on a company droneship, returned to Port Canaveral, Florida four days later Sunday evening,
For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PORT CANAVERAL/KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Sunday Jan. 24 was a day of non-stop exhilarating action at Florida’s Space Coast that began with the successful inaugural Transporter-1 SmallSat mission launch at 10 a.m. from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and culminated six hours later as the record setting 1st SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage to fly eight
For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Just two and a half days after its scrub streak breaking Starlink launch the 3x flown and landed SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage from Tuesdays Starlink mission staged an absolutely stellar and uncommon sunset return to Port Canaveral and Florida’s Space Coast atop the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ (OSICLY)
For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PORT CANAVERAL, FL – Looking somewhat sootier it was another sterling sunrise return on Sunday for the 2x flown 1st stage booster into Port Canaveral towed triumphantly atop the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ (OSICLY) droneship 3 days after SpaceX’s launch of the 12th batch of the firms Starlink constellation of broadband internet satellites on
For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PORT CANAVERAL, FL – Alas it was not to be – as only broken bits of the payload fairing halves from the 12th SpaceX Starlink launch on Thursday morning, Sept. 3 this week were recovered by the SpaceX fleet and returned to Port Canaveral a day later Friday afternoon, Sept. 4. SpaceX had not made any
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.
For SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM PORT CANAVERAL, FL – A gloriously colorful Space Coast sunrise greeted Monday’s, Aug. 10, arrival of the 5x flown and landed SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage booster atop the veteran OCISLY droneship into Port Canaveral on a ‘Dramatic Day of Action’ also involving simultaneous payload fairing processing from this mission for the SpaceX Naval Fleet –