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Offline intrepidpursuit

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Missile Launch Off Florida Coast - Jan. 1, 2020
« on: 01/01/2020 10:38 pm »
Does anyone know anything about this launch off the Florida coast this morning? It wasn't from the cape. From the pictures my amature analysis is that it was a sub-orbital solid rocket launched from a ship or submarine. Presumably an unannounced US Navy test? It hasn't gotten much attention, but is definitely unusual for the area.

https://cbs12.com/news/local/photos-rocket-launch-off-florida
« Last Edit: 01/01/2020 11:37 pm by gongora »

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Re: Missile Launch Off Florida Coast - Jan. 1, 2020
« Reply #1 on: 01/02/2020 12:33 am »
Most likely an interestingly-illuminated contrail from an airliner...

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Re: Missile Launch Off Florida Coast - Jan. 1, 2020
« Reply #2 on: 01/02/2020 12:37 am »
The video shows an SLBM that looks like a Trident-II. Older SLBM's are occasionally sea launched as targets. A British Vanguard sub made a port call before Christmas.
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Re: Missile Launch Off Florida Coast - Jan. 1, 2020
« Reply #3 on: 01/02/2020 12:38 am »
Most likely an interestingly-illuminated contrail from an airliner...
The video shows a missile.

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Re: Missile Launch Off Florida Coast - Jan. 1, 2020
« Reply #4 on: 01/02/2020 02:13 pm »
Most likely an interestingly-illuminated contrail from an airliner...
The video shows a missile.

Which video where?  Other sources clearly show a contrail.

https://www.wptv.com/news/local-news/martin-county/treasure-coast-new-years-ufo-explained

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Re: Missile Launch Off Florida Coast - Jan. 1, 2020
« Reply #5 on: 01/02/2020 02:48 pm »
There was a similar "missile launch" in Southern California in 2010, that turned out to be an airplane from Hawaii going to Phoenix. It was high enough that the contrail was illuminated by the setting sun while the ground was in twilight. It looked ike a missile launch going straight up if you were looking at it as it was coming around the curve of the Earth.

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/11/09/mystery-missle-launch-off-california/

Of course, this got a lot of traction in the conspiracy theory world. I initially heard about it because someone was going on a long screed about how the US military was ignoring a missile launch by a Chinese submarine off California. As if something like that would be ignored lol.
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Re: Missile Launch Off Florida Coast - Jan. 1, 2020
« Reply #6 on: 01/02/2020 06:03 pm »
Most likely an interestingly-illuminated contrail from an airliner...
The video shows a missile.

Which video where?  Other sources clearly show a contrail.

https://www.wptv.com/news/local-news/martin-county/treasure-coast-new-years-ufo-explained
Follow the link in the first post, find the video in the playlist and press play. Shows what looks like the colour banding of stages on a Trident-II. Also exhaust is consistent with a missile launch. The Royal Navy has a Vangaurd Sub in the area which only come here for test launches.

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Re: Missile Launch Off Florida Coast - Jan. 1, 2020
« Reply #7 on: 01/02/2020 07:26 pm »
It's a weather balloon.

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Re: Missile Launch Off Florida Coast - Jan. 1, 2020
« Reply #8 on: 01/05/2020 03:28 pm »
A contrail of a plane at altitude would not look like this on the horizon because it would be many hundreds of miles away. Also, a picture very clearly shows a missile. I don't know how that could be interpreted as an airplane. I think most of the commenters didn't click on the link.

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Re: Missile Launch Off Florida Coast - Jan. 1, 2020
« Reply #9 on: 01/05/2020 03:35 pm »
Having personally seen missile launches off the coast, that is not a missile. The contrail looks unusual in the first image due to atmospheric refraction. This was a plane going over the horizon from the observers perspective. NOTAMs would have been posted had a missile launch been scheduled.
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Re: Missile Launch Off Florida Coast - Jan. 1, 2020
« Reply #10 on: 01/06/2020 04:01 am »
I think most of the commenters didn't click on the link.

Did you click on my link?  One picture clearly shows two separate plumes, something no SLBM would have.  DOD replies to media and the lack of NOTAMS should confirm beyond all doubt.

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Re: Missile Launch Off Florida Coast - Jan. 1, 2020
« Reply #11 on: 01/06/2020 05:26 am »
Yeah, definitely not a missile launch. The twin contrails indicates that its most likely a passenger jet. The luminescence is light reflected from the rising sun.
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Re: Missile Launch Off Florida Coast - Jan. 1, 2020
« Reply #12 on: 01/08/2020 05:00 pm »
A contrail of a plane at altitude would not look like this on the horizon because it would be many hundreds of miles away. Also, a picture very clearly shows a missile. I don't know how that could be interpreted as an airplane. I think most of the commenters didn't click on the link.

Looks like a contrail to me.
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