Author Topic: Charged Aerosol Release Experiment- Black Brant XII- suborbital- 09/14/09  (Read 14951 times)

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Scrubbed.

48 hour turnaround due to bad weather tomorrow. May do some more tests on the rocket, or launch test rockets later today.
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Scrubbed.

48 hour turnaround due to bad weather tomorrow. May do some more tests on the rocket, or launch test rockets later today.

What they are doing:

http://wpdp.colorado.edu/Files/Presentations/BERNHARDT.pdf

Just checked the Twitter site, they have given a go for a launch attempt Saturday evening.

Black Brant XII rocket launch on schedule between 7:32 and 7:49 p.m., Sat, Sep 19. Web cast begins at 6:30 p.m. sites.wff.nasa.gov/webcast

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Viewing of this sounding rocket launch will be widespread due to the required clear weather and the proximity to major population centers.  I would not be surprised to see mainstream media coverage -- the CARE plume may very well be quite photogenic.

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I just flew over the launch site an hour ago in a small plane.  Weather is *perfect*, not a cloud in the sky, surface winds at Wallops were 040 @ 10 knots.  The rocket is still in it's protective shroud / service structure so was not able to actually see it.  (and yes, I did make sure the airspace was "cold" before flying over!)
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Webcast is up and the team just completed a computer sim of sort.
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First test rocket have been launched. Polling for GO of the second test rocket launch.
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Second test rocket launched. These test rockets are used to check out the radar systems at WFF.
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Black-Brant XII have launched at 2346:00 UTC.
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'Cloud' see here from SE Pennsylvania... Didn't last long as it dispersed in the vacuum pretty quickly...
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Had a great view (from Long Island, NY) of launch phase as well as cloud dispersal from 4th stage.
White cloud was triangular in shape...pretty amazing site!

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Viewing of this sounding rocket launch will be widespread due to the required clear weather and the proximity to major population centers.  I would not be surprised to see mainstream media coverage -- the CARE plume may very well be quite photogenic.



Sure enough....

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/09/20/strange.lights/index.html
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Incredible light show here in Lowell, Ma.!!
Interesting story..... My father-in-law has been in a local nursing home for 6 or 8 weeks and his health has been deteriorating quickly. Last night, my wife and I got the call we knew would eventually come. My dear friend and father-in-law, George, had passed away. My wife and I, some time around 1AM, got dressed and headed out the door. I stepped out onto the sidewalk and I was spooked for a moment by what I thought was someone shining a flashlights. The lights seemed to be swirling around me through the tree branches. My wife and I looked up to see a spectacular ball of light streaming exactly north through the sky. We looked at each other and I said, "There goes your Dad heading for heaven!"
It was great timing! It certainly was a sight to see that I will not soon forget. :o
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Very touching story Jerry. Thanks for sharing and welcome to the site's forum.

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My wife and I, some time around 1AM, got dressed and headed out the door. I stepped out onto the sidewalk and I was spooked for a moment by what I thought was someone shining a flashlights. The lights seemed to be swirling around me through the tree branches. My wife and I looked up to see a spectacular ball of light streaming exactly north through the sky.

hi jerry, hi everyone.  thanks for the touching story.

i was driving home on Long Island last night, minutes before 1AM, facing north, and a massive fireball exactly as you described appeared in front of me.  does anyone know if this was perhaps a stage of the CARE rocket returning to earth?  i've seen hundreds if not thousands of meteors, and this one was nothing like them.  bright white light, streaking at high speed almost directly northwards, finally glowing green, that turned night into day for a few seconds before disappearing over the horizon.  i was unaware of the rescheduled launch, as well - i was wondering if anyone knows if the clouds will be visible tonight and beyond?  or have i missed my viewing opportunity?

thanks in advance for any replies, and for having such a great forum up.  i'll be checking back regularly as events warrant.

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Does anyone have pictures of the lights in the sky?
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I don't think it was a stage re-entering.  The first three stages would have impacted the Atlantic within 10-15 minutes of launch, and the fourth stage (that was used to make the cloud) would have come down soon after.  The Black Brant series are all suborbital, so it wouldn't have stayed up from 745 PM to 1 AM.

Whatever it was, it wasn't the rocket.  Maybe mother nature trying to one-up that cloud.
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