Spectacular BECO cutoff during Starliner launch

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft launches from Space Launch Complex 41, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The uncrewed Orbital Flight Test launched at 6:36 a.m. EST and is Starliner’s maiden mission to the International Space Station for NASA's Commercial Crew Program. The mission will serve as an end-to-end test of the system's capabilities. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

NASA and Boeing launched the Starliner Commercial Crew space craft yesterday. One of the stages is BECO cutoff where the main booster detaches from the rocket, prior to the Centaur engine starting up, and pushing Starliner into orbit. There’s an awesome view of the rocket from the ground that shows this spectacular effect at BECO…… Continue reading Spectacular BECO cutoff during Starliner launch

Orion’s successful launch brings Mars closer

Orion Exploration Flight Test by NASA CC BY-NC 2.0

NASA successfully launched its Orion spacecraft on 5 December 2014. It may not sound like much when rocket launches are not uncommon but the Orion spacecraft is more significant than the seemingly routine satellite launches we see online. http://youtu.be/6Hn8qnsucwo According to NASA: NASA’s Orion spacecraft is built to take humans farther than they’ve ever gone…… Continue reading Orion’s successful launch brings Mars closer

Curiosity rover heads to Mars

This is from the Really Cool Department (Science Division). Its NASA’s Curiosity rover’s launch on an Atlas V rocket and its still the stuff dreams are made of: What is this all about? According to the mission overview: Scheduled to launch on Nov. 26, 2011, 7:02 a.m. PST (10:02 a.m. EST). The launch window is…… Continue reading Curiosity rover heads to Mars