It is hard to believe it has been seven years since the end of the shuttle program, and 2018 was supposed to be the year manned launches return to the Space Coast! (I was told both the Boeing and SpaceX manned launches slipped into 2019....
*****INSIDE THE GATE UPDATE. SpaceX is shooting for Jan 2019 for their manned launch. With Boeing a few months behind.
I happened to meet with the SpaceX rep and causally mentioned the Dream Chaser---And was met with a snort of derision from the Xer (Because Sierra Nevada is two years behind X) -Anyway I did get a little bit of enjoyment by "Mentioning the competition!"
INSIDE THE GATE UPDATE I scored a car pass for a NASA Causeway predawn launch -this Friday. I expect the bugs to be bad......
INSIDE THE GATE UPDATE:
The pre dawn SpaceX launch this morning was one of the best launches since the shuttle program. Speechless...
Photo credit: NASA
2017 was a busy year for a rocket launches on the space coast. However was 2018 supposed to be the first manned launches in Florida since the retirement of the space shuttle fleet! (I have been told this has been put off until 2019)
Photo credit: NASA
Have to admit, this Launch Schedule website is amazing (Link takes you from this site)
However this is the official NASA launch schedule
New Space X Control Tower planned for Kennedy Space Center. --I was told to keep this under wraps, but the information is in the paper now!
I had to wince at their proposed tower construction as the space center is in the hurricane zone.
Photo credit: NASA
Shuttles are gone, but stories are forever....
Predawn kayaking to see the shuttle:
(Decided not to delete the launches from the list as the happened)
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
CRS-14 Cargo Mission to International Space Station
Approximate launch date: April 2, 2018 - 4:30 p.m.
Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS)
Atlas Rocket on April 14 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) ha--the same day that is KSC open house, expecting 20,000 visitors touring the space center. What a traffic mess!
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Approximate launch date: April 16, 2018 - 6:32 p.m.
Mission: TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite
Approximate launch date: July 31, from CCAFS.
The $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe mission will be good to watch
(Trying to confirm this date)
Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Approximate launch date: March 2019
Mission: Commercial Crew Boeing Orbital Flight Test
SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 39A
Approximate launch date: January 2019
Commercial Crew SpaceX Demonstration Mission 1
Commercial Crew Boeing Crew Flight Test (Crewed)
Approximate launch date: November 2018
Two crew members will be aboard the Starliner for Boeing’s first commercial spaceflight to the station, launching on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Commercial Crew SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2 (Crewed)
Approximate launch date: December 2018
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, launching on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center.
SLS & EM1 animation. Best found so far.
Still waiting for the launch of NASA's new SLS rocket! 2019?
Already getting inquiries about how to watch the four astronauts scheduled to launch later this year. Word of caution, don't expect the dates to hold steady. Getting the rockets certified for crewed launches is far more tedious and cautious than the just shooting the impressive launches.
Expect glitches and delays, however the wait will be worth it!
Final note: I am torn.......I may have to work during the launches--in itself very exciting, yet to be on the water for the lift offs.......No words can describe the concussive punches of a rocket blasting from the pad!
"The most memorable space shuttle missions" (link takes you from this site, but is a good launch down memory lane.
Never forget you are guest in a wildlife sanctuary!
Return home from Rocket Launches