After two false starts, SpaceX successfully launched its second Falcon 9 v1.1 from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 5:41 p.m. EST Tuesday, 3 December. The long-awaited flight—described as SpaceX’s “First GEO Transfer Mission”—delivered the SES-8 communications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit to provide Ku-band and Ka-band bandwidth-growth capacity in the Asia-Pacific region, with specific focus upon emerging markets in South Asia and Indochina.
AmericaSpace’s photography team devoted an enormous amount of time and work into capturing a series of truly remarkable images of this historic launch. Presented here are several astonishing views acquired by the lenses of our team. All images are © copyright to their respective photographers, all rights reserved. Please contact the photographer directly for permission to use or purchase, or email AmericaSpace via our contact page and we will forward your enquiry to the photographer.