An Atlas V rocket puts on a show for beachgoers as it lifts a massive U.S. Navy satellite into orbit.
Playalinda Beach, Canaveral National Seashore, Florida, USA.
This launch vantage point is only reached after a bit of a drive and then a decent walk along the beach. I'd also like to note our Florida weather on this morning was anything but balmy. The spectacle was well worth the effort, however.
This is the view of SpaceX Launch Complex 40 as seen from the ITL causeway. ITL is an acronym for "integrate-transfer-launch" but it seems that back in the Titan III days the road also was called the Titan causeway. The name still may be in use today - please drop me a line if you know.
The payload for this May 27, 2016 launch is the Thaicom 8 commercial communications satellite built by Orbital ATK.