Delta 4 Launch of GPS SF-1 Satellite by Per Hansen

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Last night’s (May 26, 2010) launch of the GPS 2F-1 satellite came on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the first Delta launch and was the 13th mission success for the newest Delta launch vehicle, the Delta 4.

About three-and-a-half hours after launch, the Delta 4 rocket delivered its satellite payload directly to the GPS constellation’s altitude 11,000 above earth. The new bird should be checked out and ready for use in 90 to 120 days.

The Air Force could launch the GPS 2F-2 satellite in November or December using an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral, but upcoming launches will only be scheduled when fresh GPS spacecraft are needed.

Nerd Stuff: Nikon D200, 17mm (25mm equivalent), 38 seconds, F/13, ISO 200, manual everything :-)

Launch pad 37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photograph was created in my backyard in Viera Florida, roughly 25 miles SSW of the launch pad.


  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaover 4 years ago

    Beautiful tones!

  • Tusen takk Eivor! It was a lot of fun to watch and listen to the launch (this was a loud one) :-)

    – Per Hansen

  • JimSanders
    JimSandersover 4 years ago

    Such a unique image, well done, and well composed!

  • Thank you Jim – it was worth the wait to see the launch :-)

    – Per Hansen

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

    bravo !
    my best, your host (francis).

    (your vote is needed here !)

  • Thank you so much for the feature… I’m thrilled!!! :-)

    – Per Hansen

  • dovima
    dovimaover 4 years ago


  • Thank you. It’s a wonderful thing to see (and hear).

    – Per Hansen

  • Judy Wanamaker
    Judy Wanamakerover 4 years ago

    Stunning and dramatic!! All the gold and the reflection are gorgeous. Beautiful composition.

  • Thank you, I was hoping for a photo just like this :-)

    – Per Hansen

  • equality7
    equality7over 4 years ago

    Nice shot! That was a great launch.

  • It really was worth the wait. Thank you

    – Per Hansen

  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyover 4 years ago

    Beauty of a shot!

  • Thank you, it was a relief to not have to drag all the equipment out a sixth time for this launch!

    – Per Hansen

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much tor the feature – I’m thrilled! :-)

    – Per Hansen

  • dovima
    dovimaover 4 years ago

    CONGRATS on your feature!! DESERVED!!!

  • Thank you very much. You have to love those night launches! :-)

    – Per Hansen

  • QuickCreations
    QuickCreationsover 4 years ago

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful!!! I don’t get a view like that from my house!!!

  • This view for night launches is one of my favorite things about living in this part of Florida. Thanks for looking :-)

    – Per Hansen

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