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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #100 on: 04/21/2013 03:33 AM »
Gosh you got there pretty early for hardly anyone to be in your video.

on a tangent. How do Antares stages get there? Trucked in or flown in? I notice it is larger than the spaceX rocket in diameter.

Trucked in:

But first shipped in from the Ukraine.

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #101 on: 04/21/2013 03:58 AM »
From Ukraine? gosh that is pretty disappointing.

anyway. Lets hope the ground is drier tomorrow at Arbuckle. Our Chairs sunk in a good inch or so today. And we might be needing bug spray tomorrow as well. Mosquitoes will surely follow the gnat swarms of today.
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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #102 on: 04/21/2013 02:32 PM »
John Grunsfeld, Dir. NASA Space Programs, and STS-103, 109, 125 Hubble Repairman, was all set to show us the Antares launch yesterday during his talk at the Northeast Astronomy Forum, north of New York City, yesterday.

I wonder Mike Brown, famed for 'killing' Pluto, will show it to us, since his talk is ending about the time of the opening of the launch window?

It will be very low on the horizon here, so video might be a better option.


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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #103 on: 04/21/2013 02:48 PM »
Made it out just in time for the scrub. :(

Man, Arbuckle Neck is DANGER close!  :o

Very true...it is DANGER close but it sure will be awesome to watch when it finally takes off.

Here's a very poor quality video I took of the launch area.
I was standing in the marshy area, no tripod, gnats were flying into every exposed part of my body...I can't wait to see the first flight!!!

The birds sure did put on a show though....flying around and then diving into the water to pick up dinner!!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6-xwtmqgqY&feature=youtu.be

Interesting video of the surroundings. Thanks!

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #104 on: 04/21/2013 03:13 PM »
Alrighty, lets try this again. See you all out there!

As a reminder to those going to Arbuckle Neck Rd. Of youd like to keep it open please remember the following:

- pick up your trash when you go, farmers dont want the trash on their fields.
- DONT drive or park or wander on the farmer's fields
- ONLY park on the NORTH side of the road

These were the rules given to us by the officers at the first attempt.

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #105 on: 04/21/2013 04:53 PM »
Alrighty, lets try this again. See you all out there!

As a reminder to those going to Arbuckle Neck Rd. Of youd like to keep it open please remember the following:

- pick up your trash when you go, farmers dont want the trash on their fields.
- DONT drive or park or wander on the farmer's fields
- ONLY park on the NORTH side of the road

These were the rules given to us by the officers at the first attempt.



I second that about the trash. I was PO'd when I saw some of the trash from yesterday. But a lot of it seemed very old. Lots of old empty beer bottles.

Was not aware of the north side parking though but it makes sense, since that portion of the field was mowed.

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #106 on: 04/21/2013 04:55 PM »
Any thoughts on Arbuckle possibly closing to late arrivals?  Wondering how close I could cut it. 

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #107 on: 04/21/2013 04:56 PM »
Made it out just in time for the scrub. :(

Man, Arbuckle Neck is DANGER close!  :o

Very true...it is DANGER close but it sure will be awesome to watch when it finally takes off.

Here's a very poor quality video I took of the launch area.
I was standing in the marshy area, no tripod, gnats were flying into every exposed part of my body...I can't wait to see the first flight!!!

The birds sure did put on a show though....flying around and then diving into the water to pick up dinner!!

 ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6-xwtmqgqY&feature=youtu.be

Interesting video of the surroundings. Thanks!

Sorry for the poor quality but it does give an idea of the surroundings. Today I will bring a tripod.  Hopefully the only shaking in the video will be from the rumble of a lift-off!!!🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #108 on: 04/21/2013 05:08 PM »
Any thoughts on Arbuckle possibly closing to late arrivals?  Wondering how close I could cut it. 


I dont think they will close it but it gets really tight on the road the closer to launch you get and then youd have a bit of a walk to the end. Not too bad if you dont mind walking.
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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #109 on: 04/21/2013 08:45 PM »
Clear skys here on Long Island, NY...binoculars ready!

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #110 on: 04/21/2013 09:23 PM »
Any thoughts on Arbuckle possibly closing to late arrivals?  Wondering how close I could cut it. 

I dont think they will close it but it gets really tight on the road the closer to launch you get and then youd have a bit of a walk to the end. Not too bad if you dont mind walking.

Logistical difficulties prevented me from getting out to the Eastern Shore.  Here's my view of the launch from DC.  :-(  Next time!

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #111 on: 04/21/2013 09:47 PM »
that there was a shot of pure methadone to this shuttle launch addict. the thunder!

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #112 on: 04/21/2013 10:57 PM »
They put the launch up on the big screen in the auditorium here at the NorthEast Astronomy Forum about T+60, at the end of Mike Brown's talk.  Several people in the audience must have been following along in their mobile devices - yelling 'liftoff'.  A couple of people went outside, but I don't know if they saw it.  It would have been pretty low from here.

Lots of enthusiasm for the really cool video from various locations on the craft.  I especially liked the faring separation seen from the inside!
Good work and congrats to the Antares flight team!

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #113 on: 04/21/2013 11:11 PM »
Saw it from NYC. Astoria Queens to be precise. Someone else in Brooklyn put a great shot on the Antares Launch Pix gallery on Flickr.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/antares_pix/pool/with/8670028294/#photo_8670028294

My shot is just the contrail. The contrail lasted from about 2:29 to 2:52 I noticed. I was listening to the launch while viewing the horizon. Got pretty excited. Replays of the launch do indeed show that that would have been the time it would have been visible.


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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #114 on: 04/22/2013 02:28 AM »
Here's my video of the launch from the end of Arbuckle Neck.

I also have video of the subsequent brush fire after the launch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7xsYQXjt0I&feature=youtu.be

Yes, there were lots of cars - into the hundreds...I parked 1/2 mile away about 15 mins before launch.  While driving in there...I noticed there seemed to be 3 major groupings of where people parked.  Of course, I thought, I need to get as close as possible...why are all these people parking 3-4 miles away when they can get 2 miles away!

I think it would have been better to have been further back as you could still see the launch pad/water tower and the rocket would not be going directly up where you basically pivoted your head 90 degrees.

What a blast today was!  ...and not just figuratively speaking!  ;D

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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #115 on: 04/22/2013 02:41 AM »
Man that was a nasty fire. Hopefully, they managed to contain it.

It looks like the brush fire isn't considered serious:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/04/21/rocket-wallops-island-nasa-space/2101659/
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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #116 on: 04/22/2013 02:48 AM »
Man that was a nasty fire. Hopefully, they managed to contain it.

About 5:30pm (1/2 hr after launch) it appeared to be well contained but you can tell from where it first started to how quickly it moved across the facility...it was a moving fire!

Interesting was that most of the smoke from the rocket was directed out towards the ocean and dissipated rather quickly whereas the brush fire smoke seemed to drift directly south and created more smoke than the launch!


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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #117 on: 04/22/2013 03:02 AM »
Here is my FB Album. I got a few pictures. Those cold winds and me checking the internet so much had my hands so numb that I could not properly use the camera. Only about half my pictures turned out.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10200539420862342.1073741825.1062953631&type=1

here are a few good ones.
Just after launch, Ice falling away.
Just after Gravity Turn.
Contrail before MECO (I have a MECO on FB I think)
And the burning marshland.
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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #118 on: 04/22/2013 03:04 AM »
CardBoardBoxProc,
Very, Very beautiful pics...


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Re: Antares A-One Going to View the Launch
« Reply #119 on: 04/22/2013 03:16 AM »
Thanks, I am surprised they came out so well. My hands were so numb I could not tell I was holding the camera and I was shivering like a low blood sugar chiwawa and i was only looking at the rocket with my own two eyes. (never seen one before) Just sort of guesstimating the camera view.

It was all worth it though!

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