I had the wonderful opportunity in March and April to go to NASA/Kennedy Space Center to see SpaceX’s launch of their Falcon rocket and Dragon payload. You can see my first post here: Space, the Final Frontier. The March launch was delayed due to a leak. What we finally learned was that a sewing machine had leaked some oil. The launch was delayed a few more times before I was able to go back in April. One of the very coolest things that we did besides going out to the launch pad to see Falcon was that we walked on the 16th-floor walkway of the VAB. I realize that I took this video vertically. Mea culpa.
You can see all the photos that I took at the first launch attempt here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sandysandmeyer/sets/72157645587027373/
We were on the NASA Causeway with less than an hour until launch and it was delayed again. Talk about frustration. BUT, I did get to see history in the making. What those of us who returned got to see was NASA Administrator Charlies Bolden, Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, and SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell make the history-making announcement of SpaceX’s 20-year lease of Launch Pad 39A for future space flight as well as the next manned missions to the ISS. You can see some video that I took below.
You can see all the photos I that I took at the second launch attempt here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sandysandmeyer/sets/72157645133195000/
Wouldn’t you know, there was only a 30% chance that the Falcon would go up on the next attempt and I chose not to go. BIG MISTAKE! The rain made a quick exit and the sky was gorgeous. I got to see the launch online thanks to SpaceX, NASA, and some of my friends who did make it back. 38 of us made the first trip. 17 for the second. There were about 7 or 8 that made it back for the actual launch. Lesson learned. It was still totally amazing and I got to meet a great group of people who became friends.