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Old 12-05-2014, 08:31 AM
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I always wanted to watch space launch from the air. Since Orion launch is such a historical event I decided to give a try. December 4th was the first scheduled launch date. My wife and I took off at 6:45 am for a short flight to the space coast. We circled outside the restricted airspace following a C172 that arrived before us, for almost two hours until the launch was scrubbed. On the one hand it was an disappointment since we did not see the launch. But, on the other hand we saw the beautiful sunrise and it was worth the flight.








We flew on the west side of Indian River (restricted airspace is on the east side and the river is very wide) and over and north of Space Coast Regional).
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:43 AM
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The launch was rescheduled for the 5th (today). My wife could not go and I went on my own. I mounted a GoPro on the windshield with a propeller filter on. Again, tookoff at 6:45 am and flew toward Space Coast. Due to a cloud layer and rain just west of the launch site, the sky was not as beautiful as yesterday.


I noticed that there was another airplane doing the same thing as I was doing.


GoPro did not work too well due to low lighting condition.


Fortunately, the small camera I carried worked just fine.

http://youtu.be/6wwzzt5R7W4?list=UUl...e_9ZIKIKKJpZqg

After the launch:


After watching the launch I went to New Smyrna Beach for fuel. It was the lowest I had for many years: $3.93/g. Life is not only good, it is great!
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:09 AM
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I am so jealous Ted! You know how fascinated I am about everything space. To watch a launch while airborne is very symbolic. Thanks for sharing with those who may never see it from RV.
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:28 AM
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Hey Ted,
Thanks for the video. I had thought about giving it a try but work gets in the way.
I checked the TFR's and restricted areas and was surprised they let us so close. I thought I remembered there being a 30 mile TFR in the past. Maybe that was only the Airforce launches.
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:34 AM
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Hey Ted,
I checked the TFR's and restricted areas and was surprised they let us so close. I thought I remembered there being a 30 mile TFR in the past. Maybe that was only the Airforce launches.
I have not seen R-2935 activated since I moved here three years ago. On the other hand, even when R-2935 was active, it begins at 3,000'.
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Old 12-05-2014, 11:06 AM
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Here is a link to footage of the event-----cool on ship video also.

Question for Paul or other NASA types out there, why three boosters in a row, instead of triangle???

Are these solid fuel boosters??

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152742459151336
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Here is a link to footage of the event-----cool on ship video also.

Question for Paul or other NASA types out there, why three boosters in a row, instead of triangle???

Are these solid fuel boosters??

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152742459151336
I'm not Paul or Nasa, but I'd guess to allow additional strap-ons as needed for payload increases?
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Standard Delta IV Heavy configuration which uses a core booster and two similarly sized port and starboard boosters to allow for increased payload capacity and performance. All three and the upper stage use LOX and LH2 for propellants.

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Old 12-05-2014, 01:04 PM
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I'm not Paul or Nasa, but I'd guess to allow additional strap-ons as needed for payload increases?
Yep, increase payload for sure.

But why in a row, not triangular configuration.

Guess that is why I am not a rocket scientist
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Mike, what would support the second stage if the first stage boosters were a triangular configuration?

The footage referred to the center booster being throttled down for a portion as well, so this configuration eliminates asymmetric thrust during that phase.
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