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Watching rocket launches

Postby ed » Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:43 am

I am wondering if you can see these things from Sarasota area. Gotta know when
https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/laun ... s-v-goes-s

Gnome, you ever see one from where you are?

These guys are further than me
Tampa Bay had a super awesome view of the Atlas V rocket launch; here are the pictures and video

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Re: Watching rocket launches

Postby gnome » Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:39 pm

I've not looked for a rocket launch before, but I used to be able to see the smoke trail from the shuttle launches, just barely on the horizon. It was more visible at night, you could see the engine glow.
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Re: Watching rocket launches

Postby ed » Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:05 pm

Forgot the earths curvature. If the trajectory is shallow won't see much.

I have all these great ideas and then I realize I forgot the earth's curvature.
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Re: Watching rocket launches

Postby Fid » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:00 pm

I once saw a Space Shuttle launch from the beach on Tybee Island Georgia 300 miles or so from KSC. What I actually saw was the smoke plumes from the solid rocket boosters, it looked like a pencil held at arms length. I got lucky.
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Re: Watching rocket launches

Postby Rob Lister » Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:21 pm

ed wrote:Forgot the earths curvature. If the trajectory is shallow won't see much.

I have all these great ideas and then I realize I forgot the earth's curvature.


as the rocket's altitude passes 100 km you can see the rocket from 1100 km away.

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Re: Watching rocket launches

Postby Witness » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:48 am

Oh, ed! :|

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Re: Watching rocket launches

Postby ed » Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:30 am

Rob Lister wrote:
ed wrote:Forgot the earths curvature. If the trajectory is shallow won't see much.

I have all these great ideas and then I realize I forgot the earth's curvature.


as the rocket's altitude passes 100 km you can see the rocket from 1100 km away.


My attention span is short. I loose interest after 60 miles
km? wtf is that? Some measurement system from countries that haven't put MEN on the moon?
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Re: Watching rocket launches

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:09 am

Witness wrote:Oh, ed! :|

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All wrong! :evil:

It's turtles all the way down! 8)
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Re: Watching rocket launches

Postby Witness » Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:57 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:All wrong! :evil:

It's turtles all the way down! 8)

Heretic! :x

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Re: Watching rocket launches

Postby Fid » Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:43 am

Watched the GOES-S launch today (on tv) flawless launch.
That said, and hey there's no way I could even do closed captioning on a kindergarten play much less NASA but there were some howlers.

"This is the second Noah launch." (x2)
"The vehicle is on eternal power."

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