Rocket Launches in Florida

I’m starting a thread to show some photos of rocket launches from the Space Coast of Florida.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Bandwagon-1

Launched April 7, 2024 at 7:16 PM from KSC LC-39A. This is the first of SpaceX’s Bandwagon ride-share missions, targeting a low Earth orbit with an inclination of approximately 45.4 degrees. There were 11 spacecraft onboard the Falcon 9.

The booster returned for a touchdown at Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station about 7.5 minutes after liftoff. This was the 14th launch and landing for B1073.

ULA Delta IV Heavy - NROL-70

This was the final launch of the Delta IV Heavy and the final launch in the Delta IV family of rockets. after a 6-decade history of launches. The largest of the Delta 4 family, the Heavy version features three Common Booster Cores mounted together to form a triple-body rocket.

Today’s rocket launched a classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.


Man that’s awesome. How loud is it from where you shoot?


Delta IV has its place in History. Salute.
Thanks for the shots spaceman! Sharing this on the forum allows many of us to live vicariously through you. :sunglasses:
I wonder about the sound also, you know, the auditory that brings reality to what you’re seeing and raises the hair on your arms.


Thanks for sharing. Great shot of the Heavy last launch. I watched from Orlando, but it was so cloudy that we only saw a short glimpse of it and the contrail.


it varies with atmospheric conditions. Some days it is like being on the nearest causeway and other days we don’t hear anything at all. It generally takes a couple of minutes to get the sound from where I’m at in the backyard.

I had a hard time even seeing the rocket. I got 3 pictures and then quit trying.


These shots are awesome! Thanks for sharing.


Thank you for sharing! It’s so awesome!


Not a rocket launch (yet!) but here is the Artemis 2 Orion Capsule going into the Altitude chamber for testing in the O&C building at OLS. The chambers were originally used on the Apollo program and are historical landmarks.

Here is a story to go along with the video too.

Altitude Chamber Gets Upgrade for Artemis II, Spacecraft Testing Begins - NASA


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