Vandenburg launch scheduled for tomorrow!

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<p>Those of us who live in Southern California always look forward to launches from our west coast space port, Vandenburg, especially the ones that occur soon after sundown (or before sunrise), since they often put on a spectacular lightshow. &nbsp;There is a Delta II rocket scheduled for October 24th at 7:28 pm local time....so mark your calendars if you live in the southwest, and hope for clear weather!</p><p>http://www.spacearchive.info/vafbsked.htm</p><p>http://www.spacearchive.info/vafbview.htm</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Those of us who live in Southern California always look forward to launches from our west coast space port, Vandenburg, especially the ones that occur soon after sundown (or before sunrise), since they often put on a spectacular lightshow. &nbsp;There is a Delta II rocket scheduled for October 24th at 7:28 pm local time....so mark your calendars if you live in the southwest, and hope for clear weather!http://www.spacearchive.info/vafbsked.htmhttp://www.spacearchive.info/vafbview.htm <br /> Posted by crazyeddie</DIV></p><p>This launch is still scheduled, according to my Ventura County source:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><span style="font-family:Helvetica;font-size:14px" class="Apple-style-span">DELTA II LAUNCH<br /><br />A Delta II rocket is scheduled for launch this Friday evening from<br />Vandenberg AFB. The Delta is scheduled to lift-off from Space Launch<br />Complex 2-West, at 19:28:21 PDT during a launch window that is one<br />second long.<br /><br />The Delta will rise vertically for a few seconds before slowly<br />pitching over and heading south. The booster will later deliver<br />Italy's COSMO-3 satellite into a near-polar orbit.<br /><br />After it becomes operational, COSMO-3 will provide high-resolution<br />radar images of Earth.<br /><br />Weather permitting, the launch should be visible for at least 200<br />miles.<br /></span><p>http://www.ulalaunch.com/launch/COSMO%203/COSMO3_Mbook.pdf</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>This launch is still scheduled, according to my Ventura County source:&nbsp;DELTA II LAUNCHA Delta II rocket is scheduled for launch this Friday evening fromVandenberg AFB. The Delta is scheduled to lift-off from Space LaunchComplex 2-West, at 19:28:21 PDT during a launch window that is onesecond long.The Delta will rise vertically for a few seconds before slowlypitching over and heading south. The booster will later deliverItaly's COSMO-3 satellite into a near-polar orbit.After it becomes operational, COSMO-3 will provide high-resolutionradar images of Earth.Weather permitting, the launch should be visible for at least 200miles.http://www.ulalaunch.com/launch/COSMO%203/COSMO3_Mbook.pdf <br /> Posted by crazyeddie</DIV></p><p>The launch is still on, and it should provide a grat view to anyone in Southern California:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><span style="font-family:Times;font-size:16px" class="Apple-style-span"><p><font face="VERDANA, ARIAL, HELVETICA, SANS-SERIF" size="-1" color="#000033"><strong>1930 GMT (3:30 p.m. EDT; 12:30 p.m. PDT)</strong></font><br /><img src="http://spaceflightnow.com/images/grafix/greypixel.gif" alt="" vspace="4" width="100%" height="1" /><br />Under beautiful clear skies, countdown preparations are underway at Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex-2 for this evening's liftoff of the Delta 2 rocket carrying Italy's COSMO 3 spacecraft.</p><p>The 177-foot tall mobile service tower has been retracted from the United Launch Alliance-built rocket. The gantry was used to stack the two-stage vehicle, the four strap-on solid rocket motors and the COSMO payload atop the pad's launch mount. The tower also provided the primary weather protection and worker access to the rocket during its stay at the oceanside complex on North Vandenberg.</p></span><p><span style="font-family:Times;font-size:16px" class="Apple-style-span">Ground teams will spend the next couple of hours getting the pad secured in advance of the Terminal Countdown. Launch remains targeted for exactly 7:28:25 p.m. local (10:28:25 p.m. EDT; 0228:25 GMT).</span></p><p>http://www.spaceflightnow.com/delta/d336/status.html</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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I saw several when I lived in Camarillo. It is amazing to see a contrail scribbled all over the sky. How does it happen? You have to realize you are looking straight down about 500 miles of exhaust plume. The winds blow it around. If you looked at it from the side it would probably look fairly straight. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p> </p><p> </p> </div>
 
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<font size="2">Looks like it was a successful launch.</font> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <font color="#993300"><span class="body"><font size="2" color="#3366ff"><div align="center">. </div><div align="center">Never roll in the mud with a pig. You'll both get dirty & the pig likes it.</div></font></span></font> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Looks like it was a successful launch. <br />Posted by boris1961</DIV></p><p>In the coast phase now. I went outside to look but was too far SE with mountains between. Saw it on the webcast.<br /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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