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Antares Launch Wednesday

Post #1 by Whiskerfish » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:00 pm

Weather looks good for the launch from Wallops Island this coming Wednesday. May have to sneak up there and watch.
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/20 ... om-wallops
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Post #2 by desertrefugee » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:42 pm

Go for it and hope it does not get scrubbed. Seeing a launch never gets old.

I lived in Central Florida for many years and visited Canaveral on numerous occasions for shuttle launches. In fact, launches were visible from the Orlando area quite readily. Also always a thrill were the double sonic booms when that puppy was coming back in! Saw the Challenger disaster in ‘86 from the parking lot at work during lunchtime.

Nowadays, I have to wait for the much less common (and advertised) launches from Vandenberg. Luckily as an astronomer, I am often in the field at night when they do these launches. Temporarily disrupts our observing sessions, of course…
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Re: Antares Launch Wednesday

Post #3 by x01660 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:28 pm

desertrefugee wrote:Go for it and hope it does not get scrubbed. Seeing a launch never gets old.

I lived in Central Florida for many years and visited Canaveral on numerous occasions for shuttle launches. In fact, launches were visible from the Orlando area quite readily. Also always a thrill were the double sonic booms when that puppy was coming back in! Saw the Challenger disaster in ‘86 from the parking lot at work during lunchtime.

Nowadays, I have to wait for the much less common (and advertised) launches from Vandenberg. Luckily as an astronomer, I am often in the field at night when they do these launches. Temporarily disrupts our observing sessions, of course…


Wait, you can see Vandenberg launches from AZ?!?

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Re: Antares Launch Wednesday

Post #4 by Whiskerfish » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:37 pm

Sad I missed out on the Shuttle stuff. I have seen a few Rocket launches from Wallops here at the house in Norfolk, night time launches even this far away are amazing. I am right at 80 miles as the crow flies. I have never been up close to one so it is time.
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Post #5 by desertrefugee » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:08 pm

Obviously, Vandenberg launches are low in the west from Arizona, but our winter observing site is about 10 miles from the California border, so they are plainly visible and spectacular.
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Post #6 by pidjones » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:50 pm

Last year we went to KSS and toured it for six days. On the final day, we saw a Falcon 9 launch from the Saturn 5 center. Also saw Falcon Heavy do a hot test - wow!
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Re: Antares Launch Wednesday

Post #7 by Whiskerfish » Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:35 pm

Being moved to the launch pad

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Post #8 by Oldewing » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:30 am

Uber kool, nice.
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Re: Antares Launch Wednesday

Post #9 by Rat » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:31 am

Good thing you don't have to arrange fueling for that baby ....

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Re: Antares Launch Wednesday

Post #10 by Whiskerfish » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:29 am

Yea I would imagine that would cost a case or beer or maybe two!
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Post #11 by CYBORG » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:35 am

But it would be interesting to know how many gallons it uses per mile....and the cost of the fuel
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Re: Antares Launch Wednesday

Post #12 by Whiskerfish » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:43 am

Back in 80's while in Hawaii I got tasked with moving a solid fuel rocket from Oahu to PMRF Barking Sands on Kauai. It was longer that the cabin of my H-53 Helo. It came out of a refrigerated unit and had to be loaded and delivered to a refrigerated unit on the other island before the fuel reached 80 degrees and became unstable. We got it done but it was a scary ride for sure.
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Re: Antares Launch Wednesday

Post #13 by Whiskerfish » Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:42 pm

Cool day. Many many Nerds there!! The Visitors center is like 4 miles away and that is where they want everyone but I did some snooping and found a place the geeks go. 2.1 miles away and very nice. There were probably 200 or better people there at an abandon Ferry Landing. No exaggeration but I feel safe saying there was well over a million dollars worth of cameras there

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