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O/T-Spacex Launch from VAFB
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: December 23, 2017 06:25AM

Successful Falcon 9 rocket launch was quite a sight.

Photo is from Avila Beach forty miles south of me.


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Re: O/T-Spacex Launch from VAFB Last Night
Posted by: Paulsgt ()
Date: December 23, 2017 06:55AM

Nice pic!!!

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Re: O/T-Spacex Launch from VAFB Last Night
Posted by: john.jackson ()
Date: December 23, 2017 07:37AM

See this link for the view from San Diego:

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Re: O/T-Spacex Launch from VAFB Last Night
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: December 23, 2017 08:38AM

I remember those views from the 50's in SantaBarbara.... 1st one really freaked the populace..and news wasn't instant in those days... and they were "secret / Experimental"

Sadly the Failures were the most awesome!





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Re: O/T-Spacex Launch from VAFB Last Night
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: December 23, 2017 08:53AM

A highlight of my youth was a self destruct when my Dad worked at VAFB on the Titan II project in 1961-62.

We lived in a mobile home park just off base and I felt the heat from that ball of fire right over my head.

My Dad told me that if the rocket was more than three degrees off course NASA would push the button.

I wonder what the destruct tolerances are today...everything was pure mechanical and analog back then.

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Re: O/T-Spacex Launch from VAFB Last Night
Posted by: BobV66Vair ()
Date: December 23, 2017 11:06AM

MattNall Wrote:
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> I remember those views from the 50's in
> SantaBarbara.... 1st one really freaked the
> populace..and news wasn't instant in those days...
> and they were "secret / Experimental"
>
> Sadly the Failures were the most awesome!


I lived in Orange County in the 60's and saw the same thing. When they blew them up the light show was amazing. Of course they never admitted to launching anything!

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Re: O/T-Spacex Launch from VAFB Last Night
Posted by: solo2r ()
Date: December 23, 2017 11:54AM

This is a shot from a parking lot in Reseda our Employee took!

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Re: O/T-Spacex Launch from VAFB Last Night
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: December 23, 2017 06:25PM

Pretty cool!
I watched a launch like that once when I was driving for a living.
I was pulling out of L.A. area late one night, and had NO idea what was going on.
It was REALLY freaky looking!
Strange colors, GIANT smoke rings and weird swirls in the sky.
Nothing on the radio about it.
I called my dispatcher and she was very casual about it.
"Oh yeah, probably a missile launch." eh no big deal.

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Re: O/T-Spacex Launch from VAFB Last Night
Posted by: Chilly Willy ()
Date: December 24, 2017 05:00AM

Did I read correctly that there were 10 satellites on that rocket?
I grew up feeling the rumble and seeing the mountains shake from the rocketdyne tests 😎




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Re: O/T-Spacex Launch from VAFB Last Night
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: December 24, 2017 06:11AM

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Iridium.com
This early morning launch continues the ambitious deployment pace for the Iridium NEXT program, set to launch a total of 75 satellites on SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets. A total of 81 Iridium NEXT satellites are being built – 66 are required for the operational constellation, with the remaining 15 serving as on-orbit spares (nine) and ground spares (six).

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Re: O/T-Spacex Launch from VAFB Last Night
Posted by: BobV66Vair ()
Date: December 24, 2017 07:05AM

I heard about the iridium years ago. I guess it finally became possible to do it. Satelite phone system designed to replace the cell system. Can't be cheap to do that!

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Sandy, Oregon
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Re: O/T-Spacex Launch from VAFB Last Night
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: December 24, 2017 07:11AM

So you're saying I should hang in there with my Flintstone phone?

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Re: O/T-Spacex Launch from VAFB Last Night
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: December 26, 2017 09:53AM

I lived in Lompoc from 1964 to 1985 and watched the launches from Vandenberg just a couple miles away. Dad worked on those spy satellites back in those days. We didn't know what he did until things were declassified many years alter. As far as we knew he just worked for Kodak.

They used to bring the rockets on huge trailers, right through town. Then they started using the big C5A jet's.

Yes the ones that they blew up were spectacular. Until one I saw came down in chunks. A mobile home on base got chopped in half! After that they let them go way out to sea before self-destructing.
Vandenberg is a Polar orbit launch base. Most all launches of satellites were Spy satellites. Others were Minute Man Test flights. In Florida the orbit's are Equatorial. They can launch bigger payloads over there and use the Earth rotation to assist the launch.

Later on when the Space Shuttle was to come in, I got tired of all the Space Shuttle Support Team jackets and bumper stickers! So I came up with this idea! Sold quite a few shirts at The Toss with this image!

The Space-X system is quite amazing, and seeing the first stage stay lit so long. Then there is the video's of the first stage come down and landing on a barge out to sea!

Corventure Dave



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