Zero Dark Thirty Launch

I was up at zero dark thirty to get to my planned shooting position early enough to set up. And one never knows with space launch. Sometimes the mission is scrubbed for the day. But this effort was well worth it as liftoff occurred on time at 3:40:32 AM local time.

Delta IV NROL-45 popped over the horizon right where I expected it. Good thing. You only get one shot to capture the arc of the flight from the horizon in a long exposure.

Delta IV NROL-45 launch from Vandenberg AFB February 9, 2016 as viewed from Terranea on the Palos Verdes Peninsula near Los Angeles. The Pt. Vicente lighthouse is in the foreground.
Delta IV NROL-45 launch from Vandenberg AFB February 10, 2016 as viewed from Terranea on the Palos Verdes Peninsula near Los Angeles. The Pt. Vicente lighthouse is in the foreground. © James Knauf

An Icy Chill on a Bold Journey

Originally posted on LinkedIn January 21, 2016.

Next Thursday will mark the thirtieth anniversary of the loss of the space shuttle Challenger and crew on January 28, 1986. Many who work in the space business today are too young to have seen or personally experienced the tragedy. Some were not yet born.

That day… Continue reading “An Icy Chill on a Bold Journey”

GPS IIF-12: The Prologue

Originally posted February 8, 2016 on LinkedIn.

While last week’s successful launch of the final Boeing Global Positioning System (GPS) Block IIF spacecraft from Cape Canaveral is notable, next weekend is the anniversary of another significant GPS milestone and a related space transportation milestone.

Sunday is the 27th anniversary Continue reading “GPS IIF-12: The Prologue”