Out-of-this-world spaceflight imagery

Falcon Heavy climbs from LC-39A, as seen from outside the launchpad's perimeter fence, adjacent to the Horizontal Integration Facility.

SpaceX's long-awaited Falcon Heavy rocket made its maiden flight on Tuesday, February 6th, from Kennedy Space Center's LC-39A. Here you will find a gallery of my Falcon Heavy photographs, taken leading up to and during the launch. I covered the launch on-site at KSC under Observer. I had two cameras placed outside LC-39A's perimeter fence, and two next to me at the KSC Press Site.
Words cannot describe how incredible of an experience this launch was -- from visiting LC-39A for remote camera setup the day before the launch, from the nerve-wracking lead-up to 3:45 P.M. after continuous wind-shear delays, to the liftoff and landing of the world's most powerful active rocket. The relief and awe that struck me when I saw the rocket climb from the pad is unparalleled. Watching the rocket climb toward space and seeing its two side boosters land back at Cape Canaveral was simply unreal.
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-- John

Triple-core thrust: 27 Merlin engines power Falcon Heavy's three cores from LC-39A for the first time. Admittedly, this was a bit of a failed image, based on what I originally intended to capture. I was aiming to have the engines in the photo, but I pointed the camera too low; the sound did not reach my camera in time, meaning that the rocket had already left the frame by the time my camera first fired. While I was initially quite disappointed in the resulting image, I've come to love it. It's something different -- it conveys the fury and power of Falcon Heavy without showing any of the rocket. I'm also honored to share that it graces the cover of this issue of Aviation Week magazine; cover shown below:

Various crops of different frames from the same remote camera provide different views. I always enjoy going back and processing images in different ways.

Views from the KSC Press Site:
Images from remote camera setup one day prior to launch:
Images leading up to the static fire:
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