Jump to content




Photo

Long time gone... back again...


  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1 Phil Hackett

Phil Hackett

    Posting Leader

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,703 posts
  • Joined: 29-January 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:A Big Red Star on a Kremlin Map

Posted 23 December 2017 - 02:26 PM

It's been a long time since SoCal and much of the west coast has seen something like this. In fact, many people thought it was an alien spacecraft or an asteroid. I'm surprised riots didn't breakout (sarcasm)... This used to be a fairly common sight in the 1960s and early 70s.

 

What's strange about this launch is its south/southwest direction. Usually these launches are either west or northwest. 

 

 


  • Mark Wampler and mike1972chev like this
Click HERE to contact Sonic Products. The messenger feature on my Slotblog account has been disabled.

Posted Image




#2 Steve Okeefe

Steve Okeefe

    We're all mad here

  • Administrator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,050 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Greencastle, PA

Posted 23 December 2017 - 03:42 PM

That certainly is an impressive display...  all the gasses and water vapor back-lit like that.  Looks vaguely reminiscent of the alien spaceship arrival scene in the movie "Independence Day".  :laugh2:

 

From an orbital-mechanics point of view, launching in any direction that includes "west" needs to be for a very special reason.  Because of the Earth's rotation, the launch pad itself is moving east at just over 1,000 MPH.

 

Obviously, it makes sense to launch to the east because you would then need 1,000 MPH less acceleration to reach orbital speed versus 1,000 MPH MORE acceleration to reach orbital speed going west.

 

Anyway, neat little video clip!  :good:



#3 NSwanberg

NSwanberg

    Checkered Flag in Hand

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,057 posts
  • Joined: 01-April 09
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Canton, MI

Posted 24 December 2017 - 08:15 AM

I understand this launch was to place satellites in a polar orbit?


Remember the Steube bar!
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL RACEWAY!!
"The denial of denial is the first sign of denial." Hank, from Corner Gas
Nelson Swanberg

Peace be with all of us and good racing for the rest of us.
Have controller. Will travel. Slot Car Heaven

#4 Dave Crevie

Dave Crevie

    Checkered Flag in Hand

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,152 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 09

Posted 24 December 2017 - 01:51 PM

Did you catch Elon Musk's comment during the debate about what it was?



#5 Phil Hackett

Phil Hackett

    Posting Leader

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,703 posts
  • Joined: 29-January 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:A Big Red Star on a Kremlin Map

Posted 24 December 2017 - 03:16 PM

I understand this launch was to place satellites in a polar orbit?

 

Yes... Vandenburg AFB launches satelites into polar orbit. They also launch anti-missle tests westward but the good stuff goes in a northernly direction. This launch was opposite....


Click HERE to contact Sonic Products. The messenger feature on my Slotblog account has been disabled.

Posted Image

#6 Phil Hackett

Phil Hackett

    Posting Leader

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,703 posts
  • Joined: 29-January 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:A Big Red Star on a Kremlin Map

Posted 24 December 2017 - 06:29 PM

Here's a better video. This was videoed from Alhambra (about 10 miles NE of downtown LA... The tall buildings you see in the foreground)... which is about 150 miles from Vandenburg AFB...

 


Click HERE to contact Sonic Products. The messenger feature on my Slotblog account has been disabled.

Posted Image





Electric Dreams Online Shop