Launch tonight of Missle

bla-minutemanlaunch.jpgTonight marks what could be a fortunate missile launch. Vandenberg is testing a new sea-based X-band radar for the Missile Defense Agency. The fortunate part is that we might actually be able to see the plume of the third stage exhaust because of the early DST shift.

The launch window begins at 8:30 PM.

The unfortunate part is that the weatherfolk are calling for thick cloud cover and rain through tomorrow.

Up-to-date schedules are available here. Go here if you want more info about observing launches and photographing them.

(For the record there are other unfortunate parts about missiles and test and whatnot, but I’m not going to get into that here.)

Photo by Malingering via Flickr.

UPDATE: The missile launched about an hour late at 9:27 PM. The sky was relatively clear down in San Pedro at 9PM when I was looking for it, but by the time I got back to Silverlake, eveything was cloaked in clouds again (and even a little drizzle). Did anyone else catch a glimpse of it?

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4 Replies to “Launch tonight of Missle”

  1. Dangit! Last week it’s all about the dry season to end all dry seasons and now the launch (or at least viewing it from Silver Lake) is gonna be all wet.

  2. I’m bummed too. The launch may be going off just as I get out of class, so I’ll be at Cabrillo Beach … what I would think is a perfect spot to capture it. Drat.

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