April 6th, 7th & 8th 2022
An extremely busy Wednesday and Thursday on the spacecoast at Kennedy Space Center with SpaceX first stage booster B-1061.7 off loaded from (ASOG) A Shortfall Of Gravitas in Port Canaveral from a successful Transporter 4 mission with 40 multiple payloads on April 6th.
The International Space Station crossed directly overhead at Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral Wednesday night April 6th at 8:21 PM EDT from northwest to southeast just after sunset.
Playlanda Beach to the North of Kennedy Space Center was busy with visitors wanting to see a rare sight with two different rocket launch vehicles and Crew capsules on both launch complex 39A & 39B. The SpaceX Axiom 1 Falcon 9 on 39A and NASA SLS Space Launch System moon rocket on 39B still waiting to complete it’s wet dress rehearsal after the Axiom mission launches.
Thursday April 7th remote cameras were installed on various spots around 39A for SpaceX Axiom 1 mission launching on Friday April 8th 11:17 AM EDT or 15:17 UTC. This flight marks the first all private non government mission to the ISS with a crew of four on SpaceX Dragon capsule Endeavour. The first stage Falcon 9 booster will be B-1062.5 with it’s fifth flight and future drone ship landing for SpaceX.
Just after completing remote camera set up a very strong Marine Warned line of electric thunderstorms crossed over the VAB and both 39 A & B launch pads while the two rockets were still vertical.
Much success to both SpaceX and Axiom Space for a safe launch and docking with the ISS on Saturday April 9th.
Article and Photos by Scott Schilke for spacenews.lu and space-news.es