Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 v. 1.1 - Jason 3 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing  (Read 59726 times)

Offline manoweb

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Sudden Peak and the access road will be blocked by the sheriff since this area fall under "Clear Zone" as I am told since the flight path goes south.

Would the access road be the S. Miguelito Rd you can see on the Google maps? I am going down on Saturday and I would like to scout out all these places.

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I might considering going up to Santa Ynez Peak w/ my 4x4 truck (1.5 hrs from Lompoc and climbed 4,300'

I'll definitely go up to S. Ynez peak on Saturday to have a look. I hope to be able to report back on this thread. I will have to try to connect to this website with a cell-phone to see if it's usable.

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Scouting report on using SJC -> LAX flight as viewing location:  :D

If you can time it just right and they don't divert flights too much during the launch, you can probably see the whole flight.

Attached: photos of a cloud-covered rocket and a cloud-covered barge.

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Here is a google maps link with annotated viewing spots, for those who need directions:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zG69-052IIEA.kmxhnoSqMjio

(source, with additional viewing tips: https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/415ppz/tips_on_viewing_sundays_launch_from_vafb/ )

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Thanks Lars-J - I was just uploading my waypoints to the topographic GPS. I will complement my research with the data found at your links.

Edit - also, the ham radio repeater info is most interesting
« Last Edit: 01/16/2016 04:48 AM by manoweb »

Offline Smallbeck

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We are flying down from Seattle tonight and will be at W Ocean Ave for the attempt. 

Can someone recommend a nearby restaurant/bar to watch the football game?  Giving up most of the first half for but hoping to catch the rest after the launch.
« Last Edit: 01/16/2016 04:02 PM by Smallbeck »

Offline Jim_LAX

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I'm not familiar with Lompoc, but I can certainly recommend Pea Soup Andersen's in Buellton, California
US 101 and State Route 246.  Excellent food, they cater to travelers.
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Offline spacejunkey

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We are flying down from Seattle tonight and will be at W Ocean Ave for the attempt. 

Can someone recommend a nearby restaurant/bar to watch the football game?  Giving up most of the first half for but hoping to catch the rest after the launch.

Pizza Garden on H Street is a good place, lots of TV's, good pizza, and a wide selection of beer.

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Today I went at Surf Beach and took some photos of the F9 from far away. Kind of hazy weather, I will see if I find the correct USB cable to download them to the computer...

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We are flying down from Seattle tonight and will be at W Ocean Ave for the attempt.
Where? Based on comments I think I will try Ocean and Renwick...

Offline Bubbinski

Here's what it's looking like outside in Lompoc right now.  Given this is Ocean and Renwick still good or should I go to Providence Landing or someplace further north?
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I'll even excitedly look forward to "flags and footprints" and suborbital missions. Just fly...somewhere.

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Clipped this from one of Philip's L2 videos (he's there for NSF for this launch) as I do love the "turn into SLC-4" and see F9 greeting you! :)


Offline Bubbinski

Here's a view from Ocean and Renwick right now.
« Last Edit: 01/17/2016 03:17 PM by Bubbinski »
I'll even excitedly look forward to "flags and footprints" and suborbital missions. Just fly...somewhere.

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Here's a view from Ocean and Renwick right now.

Looks like it will be one of those days where the distance gets a bit brighter, followed in a bit by a low rumble that grows in intensity until it fades out.

On days like this, remember that one of the best things about going to see a rocket launch is meeting people that went out of their way to go see a rocket launch.

Even with the obstructed view, I'm wishing I was out there in person...

Offline Jim_LAX

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Yup.  More than a hundred people here today, but chance of SEEING the launch seams slim.  Hello Manoweb, nice to meet you in person!
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Offline Bubbinski

Less than 1 hour before launch, here's the latest look
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I'll even excitedly look forward to "flags and footprints" and suborbital missions. Just fly...somewhere.

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Near ocean and renwick!

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Saw it through the clouds!

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Had a good view from my VariEze at 6500ft. I'll post video when I get to a decent internet connection.

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Heard quite a roar though I couldn't see the glow. If I got it it would be on my GoPro, will process it later.
I'll even excitedly look forward to "flags and footprints" and suborbital missions. Just fly...somewhere.

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Hello everyone! I've been a fan of the forum here for a while, but haven't had much to contribute, so I've been a guest here for a while. This is truly a treasure trove of rocket knowledge. I really wanted to go to this launch, but I wasn't feeling great last night. But I made a last second decision and decided to try to see my first rocket launch today. I left Thousand Oaks (120 miles away) at 8:50 this morning, and somehow managed to get there as they were going over the -10 minute Launch status test. In fact Mr. Bubbinski, I think I must have been just a couple cars from you, judging by your pics. Sadly I can't say I saw it either. I was able to hear it very clearly for around 6 minutes. To be honest, I think if I had stayed back at Thousand Oaks, or found a good vantage point in the mountains around me, I think I could have caught a glimpse of the the first stage re-ignition.

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