I'll start recording it about 2105 UTC or so.Jim
Quote from: Danderman on 01/20/2011 08:08 pmI guess this is when we find out if the legends about the shock waves bouncing back from that nearby hill are true.Was only because of the Shuttle's SRBs.
I guess this is when we find out if the legends about the shock waves bouncing back from that nearby hill are true.
Would have been amazing if there had been shuttle launches from both KSC and VAFB.
A few people asking why we're calling the vehicle "Betty" Read William's great overview:http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/01/live-delta-iv-heavy-launch-nro-l-49/
Looks like a great manned booster to me ! Lets get on with it... in 6 months we will have.... nothing !!!!
Wow...is the insulation actually on fire in that wide shot?
YOUCH!Man, that's *scary*!Is the big "burp" of flame at the engine ignition normal with a Delta-IV Heavy?Jim
Quote from: Lee Jay on 01/21/2011 02:49 amWow...is the insulation actually on fire in that wide shot?I suppose that's one way to shed a few Kg... To my eyes, the left hand booster as seen in the image is burning and trailing smoke in a "U" shape along the body of the booster as well as the active flame between that booster and the core.I can't believe they intended or want the vehicle in flames like that... ignition fireball not withstanding.
This reminds me of one of the technical issues with SLC-6 back in the Shuttle days, the accumulation of hydrogen gas at the base of the pad. They installed a turbine near the pad to help vent the gas, but its possible that the turbine is either gone, or not 100% effective.
Quote from: kq6ea on 01/21/2011 03:25 amYOUCH!Man, that's *scary*!Is the big "burp" of flame at the engine ignition normal with a Delta-IV Heavy?JimIt's normal with an RS-68. What I don't understand is why the ROFIs don't keep it under control at the bottom of the booster.