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Offline kirghizstan

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Worst launch weather
« on: 01/02/2014 01:31 pm »
The weather here in the Northeast USA is HORRIBLE and it got me to thinking...

What is the worst weather that a launch has ever occured in?

I'm assuming Apollo 12 wasn't the worst, so I'm turning to you.
« Last Edit: 01/02/2014 01:39 pm by kirghizstan »

Offline hyper_snyper

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Re: Worst launch weather
« Reply #1 on: 01/02/2014 01:38 pm »
The first one that comes to my mind was Soyuz TMA-22 that launched in blizzard conditions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soyuz_TMA-22#Launch

Offline kevin-rf

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Re: Worst launch weather
« Reply #2 on: 01/02/2014 03:38 pm »
I thought that was the standard way the Russians launched. If the weather was nice, I suspect they wouldn't know what to do with themselves ;)
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Offline Phillip Clark

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Re: Worst launch weather
« Reply #3 on: 01/02/2014 04:39 pm »
I remember the world's media being invited to Baikonur for the 1988 IRS 1A (corrected - I originally said INSAT) launch and all that they saw was a distant orange glow that got higher and fainter in the sky as a blizzard raged.   Must be worse at Plesetsk, of course.
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Re: Worst launch weather
« Reply #4 on: 01/02/2014 04:44 pm »
or IRS 1A

Offline Paul Howard

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Re: Worst launch weather
« Reply #5 on: 01/07/2014 02:23 am »
The first one that comes to my mind was Soyuz TMA-22 that launched in blizzard conditions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soyuz_TMA-22#Launch

I remember that. Was full on blizzard.

Offline AS-503

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Re: Worst launch weather
« Reply #6 on: 01/07/2014 02:59 am »
Apollo 12's lightning strike could have resulted in a LOC/LOM scenario. They just did not know enough about triboelectrification.

Worst weather (in hindsight) has to be at The Cape in January 28th 1986.

Offline plutogno

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Re: Worst launch weather
« Reply #7 on: 01/07/2014 06:40 am »
Venera 5 or 6 launched during a blizzard

Offline William Graham

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Re: Worst launch weather
« Reply #8 on: 01/07/2014 08:24 am »
FLTSATCOM 6 was also launched in a thunderstorm but didn't fare as well as Apollo 12. If I remember correctly a lightning strike fried the guidance system and the rocket had to be destroyed by range safety.

Offline Paul Howard

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Re: Worst launch weather
« Reply #9 on: 01/08/2014 06:20 pm »
Apollo 12's lightning strike could have resulted in a LOC/LOM scenario. They just did not know enough about triboelectrification.

Worst weather (in hindsight) has to be at The Cape in January 28th 1986.

I guess you'd be right. Such a sad date that needed no picture.

Offline SgtPoivre

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Re: Worst launch weather
« Reply #10 on: 01/08/2014 06:29 pm »
The weather during Buran launch was also a tiny bit cloudy....

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