Welcome to my website! I’m John Kraus, an 18-year-old photographer living on Florida’s Space Coast. I enjoy capturing everything that makes Florida, Florida: rocket launches, landscapes, aerial photography, aviation, and much more.
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January 19th, 2018: A United launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches the United States Air Force's SBIRS GEO-4 satellite. Flying in the asymmetric 411 configuration, Atlas V flew with only one solid rocker booster. This closeup image shows the RD-180 engine and single Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ-60A solid rocket booster powering the Atlas V off the pad toward orbit.

January 19th, 2018: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket soars into the starry nighttime Cape Canaveral sky with the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite on behalf of the United States Air Force.

June 24th, 2016: Flying in its largest configuration, with a five-meter payload fairing, five Aerojet Rocketdyne solid rocket boosters, and one Centaur upper-stage engine, United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket launches the U.S. Navy's fifth Mobile User Objective System satellite.

January 7th, 2018: SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches the classified Zuma payload for Northrup Grumman, and lands the first stage of the Falcon 9 back at Cape Canaveral eight minutes after launch.

July 5th, 2017: SpaceX launches the Intelsat 35e satellite atop a Falcon 9 rocket during golden hour, as viewed from Playalinda Beach at the Canaveral National Seashore.

Interesting sand formations lining the Atlantic Ocean reflect a warm Satellite Beach, Florida sunrise.

June 11th, 2016: United Launch Alliance's massive Delta IV Heavy rocket launches a top-secret satellite, designated NROL-37, on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office.

April 18th, 2017: Orbital ATK's Cygnus capsule launches toward the International Space Station atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket.

March 18th, 2017: This closeup photograph shows the Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-68A engine and four Orbital ATK GEM-60 solid rocket motors powering United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) to orbit with the U.S. Air Force's ninth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite.

A surfer catches a wave underneath a rising full moon.

May 27th, 2016: SpaceX sends the Thaicom 8 satellite to orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket on a sunny Florida afternoon.

June 2nd, 2016: Following the launch of Thaicom 8, Falcon 9's first stage made a successful landing atop SpaceX's "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship, several hundred miles offshore of Florida's Space Coast. Several days later, OCISLY and its support ships arrived at Port Canaveral.

July 18th, 2016: SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches the CRS-9 mission toward the International Space Station and lands Falcon 9's first stage at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Landing Zone 1 in this three-photo long exposure composite image.

Traveling at 17,500 miles an hour, or just under five miles per second, the International Space Station transits the full moon in this five-frame composite image taken from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This transit lasted only 0.58 seconds.

June 15th, 2016: Falcon 9 launches the Eutelsat 117 West B and ABS-2A satellites to Geostationary Transfer Orbit. This closeup photo shows the fury unleashed as Falcon 9 climbs off the pad at the beginning of its journey to space.

Atlas V stands at Space Launch Complex 41 at sunset ahead of the launch of SBIRS GEO-4.

Golden hour surf; Satellite Beach, Florida

June 19th, 2016: Kyrie Irving's three pointer with 53 seconds remaining in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals helps seal the Cleveland Cavaliers' first championship in franchise history.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pass in front of the moon at the 2017 Melbourne Air and Space Show in Melbourne, Florida.

July 15th, 2017: Dr. Buzz Aldrin -- the second man to walk on the moon -- waves around a jacket as it was being auctioned at his ShareSpace Foundation's Apollo 11 Anniversary Gala at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

December 7th, 2016: United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket launches the eighth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite. This camera was placed only 45 yards from the base of the rocket. While the camera survived, the lens was heavily pitted by exhaust and debris, and has since been retired.

Searching for waves under a moody summer thunderstorm.

September 8th, 2016: At sunset, NASA's asteroid sampling mission, OSIRIS-REx, launches towards the distant asteroid Bennu atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 rocket.

Beachside bicycle ride

November 19th, 2016: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket launches NASA and NOAA's GOES-R satellite.

August 19th, 2016: The United States Air Force's AFSPC-6 payload launches shortly before 1:00 A.M. atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) rocket.

Bahia Honda Rail Bridge panorama; Florida Keys

August 25th, 2017: Orbital ATK's Minotaur IV rocket launches from Cape Canaveral for the first time, carrying the ORS-5 payload on behalf of the U.S. Air Force.

December 18th, 2016: The commercial EchoStar XIX satellite speeds to orbit atop United Launch Alliance's Atlas V 431 launch vehicle.

Sunset kayaking; Indialantic, Florida

A menacing afternoon thunderstorm makes its way over Satellite Beach, Florida

October 11th, 2017: SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches EchoStar 105/SES-11 at sunset.

Sunrise serenity; Satellite Beach, Florida

January 21st, 2017: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket launches the U.S. Air Force's SBIRS GEO-3 satellite.

Looking down on a surfer at sunset

A flippin' awesome sunset

July 28th, 2016: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket flying in the 421 configuration launches the National Reconnaissance Office's classified NROL-61 payload on a sunny Florida summer morning.

Cuki, the 45-foot sailboat that washed up on Melbourne Beach following Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

December 21st, 2015: SpaceX returns to flight after a June 2016 launch failure, delivering 11 ORBCOMM satellites to orbit. Following the successful launch, Falcon 9 made its first ever successful landing, returning to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for a picture-perfect touchdown at Landing Zone 1.

Cotton candy skies over the ocean

October 30th, 2017: SpaceX sends KoreaSat 5A to orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket

November 2nd, 2017: The Falcon 9 first stage that launched KoreaSat 5A returns to Cape Canaveral at sunset aboard SpaceX's "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship.

Aerial view of an afternoon thunderstorm passing over Florida's Space Coast

Helicopter

March 16th, 2017: At 2:00 A.M. on a chilly Florida morning, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches the EchoStar XXIII satellite to orbit. The rocket's first and second stage burns are visible in this single long exposure photograph.

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