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Atlas V on launchpad 41 with Echostar XIX //////////////////////////// Photo credit: United Launch Alliance /////////////// What do you think of today’s spaceflight industry? /////////////// #space #ula #ulalaunch #atlas #atlasv #sbirs #geo #flight #capecanaveral #spacewing #airforce #usa #spacelaunch #spacex #nasa #astronaut #rocket #launch #rocketry #ksc #spaceflight #spacecraft #iss
A dual-nozzle NPO Energomash RD-180 engine and a single Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ-60A solid rocket motor power an Atlas V to orbit with the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite last month. This is a rather heavy crop of one of my telephoto images taken with a sound-activated camera left at the pad two days prior to liftoff — scroll back a bit on my feed to see some of the wider shots. It’s incredible what detail is visible when you set the camera to properly expose for the tremendously bright exhaust — this was shot with a Nikon D7000 and Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8. I’m looking forward to covering this weekend’s middle-of-the-night SpaceX launch of Hispasat 30W-6. I’ll likely be setting up multiple remote cameras at the launchpad under AmericaSpace; be sure to check out my page to see what I capture!
#DeltaII being readied for it’s #JPSS1 launch for @nasa and @noaa back in 2017. ////////// Picture credit: @ulalaunch ////////// #space #ula #ulalaunch #atlas #atlasv #sbirs #geo #flight #capecanaveral #spacewing #airforce #usa #spacelaunch #spacex #nasa #astronaut #rocket #launch #rocketry #ksc #spaceflight #spacecraft #iss
You’re looking at a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the third Space Based Infrared Systems Geostationary (SBIRS GEO Flight 3) satellite for U.S. Air Force lifting off from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on Jan 20, 2017. Photo credit: United Launch Alliance /////////////// What do you think of today’s spaceflight industry? /////////////// #space #ula #ulalaunch #atlas #atlasv #sbirs #geo #flight #capecanaveral #spacewing #airforce #usa #spacelaunch #spacex #nasa #astronaut #rocket #launch #rocketry #ksc #spaceflight #spacecraft #iss
Another look at last week’s Atlas V 411 launch of SBIRS GEO-4 — this image, taken with a sound-triggered camera placed at the launchpad, shows the RD-180 engine and single Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ-60A solid rocket booster powering the rocket off Space Launch Complex 41. I absolutely love these closeup photos, especially when they’re exposed properly. Just look at the variance in the exhaust from the liquid-fueled RD-180 versus the solid fuel SRB! While the Atlas V first stage uses only a single RD-180 engine, the RD-180 is actually a dual-nozzle engine. Falling ice and debris obscures one of the engine’s two nozzles, but the two separate exhaust trails are evidence of the dual-nozzle setup. I covered this launch under @AmericaSpace; I’m always happy to provide coverage for such an excellent outlet, and I’m incredible thankful for the opportunity to do so. Under AmericaSpace, I was granted access to the launchpad two days before the eventual liftoff, meaning the camera that took this image sat outside for about 50 hours before firing. The cameras I use go into sleep mode and their sound-trigger wakes them up when the launch happens. Luckily the camera’s battery didn’t die before liftoff! I was a bit worried about the cold weather accelerating battery drain. Unfortunately, dew obscured many photographers’ cameras from getting useable shots (including the second camera I placed at the pad… nothing great came from that one). This camera’s lens even had a bit of dew on it, but I was able to raise the clarity and use dehaze in Lightroom to sharpen the image. I’m not sure if using a telephoto lens and zooming in on a particular area had anything to do with avoiding a dew-ruined photo… I’m just happy it all worked out. Next up from the Cape is the GovSat-1 mission, launching atop a Falcon 9 on Tuesday afternoon. I’ll be shooting that one off-site. After GovSat-1 is the long-awaited Falcon Heavy launch, which I’ll (most likely) be on-site for. Who’s hyped!?
#SBIRS #AtlasV by United Launch Alliance, on 35mm film Because of processing time, I get to post these images from last week of the #SBIRS #AtlasV launch by @ulalaunch for the first time as a #FBF. (That’s a thing, right?) This was my second foray into film after a 20+ year digital-only run, and this time I was using Kodak Ektar 100 shot with the 40-year-old Canon A1 that used to belong to my dad. This image of the mighty AtlasV rocket was taken 2 days before launch on January 17, 2018. The #sunset behind the rocket made for a stunningly beautiful scene. And, as with my last roll of film, processing and high-resolution scanning was done by The Darkroom. I'm quite happy with their service. Of note: the DSLR version of this shot appears in my IG feed so you can compare film vs. digital. (Pic by me aka @mseeley20 and @wereportspace )