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Old 01-31-2018, 04:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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picture of rocket launch today jan 31

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Old 02-04-2018, 08:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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apparently there isnt many here that like rocketry... sad.

It's on my bucket list to see a launch. I wished i had some time off for the feb 6th launch... oh the sexy rumble, understatement of the year, of heavy launching.

Im going to guess maybe 2 out of 3 will land perfectly and one will completely fail before it tried to land.
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Old 02-04-2018, 05:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I get email updates for launches at Vandenberg AFB near Santa Barbara CA. Those launches are clearly visible here in San Francisco, and I caught one from PHX recently as well.

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2018 February 1 (Thursday) 13:48 PST
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VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SCHEDULE

Launch
Time/Window
Date (PST/PDT) Vehicle Pad/Silo
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FEB 17 Dawn? Falcon 9 SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Spain's Paz satellite. Liftoff may occur sunrise
and could cause the exhaust plume to be illuminated by the sun when
the vehicle reaches high altitude

MAR 18 08:19 Falcon 9 SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium Next commercial communications satellites
41-50. Liftoff occurs well after sunrise, but the rocket's bright
orange flame could be visible for more than 100 miles.

APR 14 To be announced Falcon 9 SLC-4E
Vehicle will launch Iridium NEXT satellites 51-55 and the GRACE
Follow-On satellites

MAY 5 04:10 Atlas V SLC-3E
Vehicle will launch the InSight spacecraft to Mars

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online launch schedules, including the official Vandenberg AFB
schedule because different sources were used, the information was
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times.

NET: No earlier than

TBD: To be determined

PDT: Pacific Daylight Time

PST: Pacific Standard Time

SLC: Space Launch Complex

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yesterday's total lunar eclipse, I would like to see them.

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Old 02-06-2018, 10:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Update: Note the correction to the time. This launch should be very visible from Portland to Phoenix. it's a solid rocket motor, which is bright and leaves a big exhaust trail.

The subject line of the previous issue of Launch Alert was incorrect. The next Vandenberg AFB missile launch is Tuesday night-Wednesday morning, not Tuesday morning.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An operational test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 6, between 11:25 p.m. to 5:25 a.m. PST from north Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system, according to Air Force Global Strike Command.

Col. Michael S. Hough, 30th Space Wing commander, is the launch decision authority.

"An operational test like this is vital to the readiness of our combat ready missile force," said Hough. "Team V is proud to work with Air Force Global Strike Command and the Airmen of the 576th Flight Test Squadron in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of this awesome weapon system, the Minuteman III missile."

The 576th Flight Test Squadron is responsible for installed tracking, telemetry and command destruct systems on the missile, which collect data and ensure safety requirements are met.
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Im going to guess maybe 2 out of 3 will land perfectly and one will completely fail before it tried to land.[/QUOTE]

Called it!
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Old 02-06-2018, 09:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Called it!
LOL!

No doubt it didn't survive, just strange that there's no official statement on it yet (they usually aren't shy about announcing failed landings). We know it got close to the barge, but not much else.

My bet is it missed, broke up and sank and they still haven't found it yet.
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