Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 v. 1.1 - Jason 3 - Vandenberg - Launch Viewing  (Read 58802 times)

Offline ArbitraryConstant

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Nothing to see, but plenty to hear!
What surprised me is that that popping/crackling sound really sounds like that. I guess I always thought that was an effect from the mic maxing out or something.

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The sad part was had it been set to launch 15 minutes later, I think we would have been able to see much more (or frankly anything). The sun started poking through the clouds at 11. But I guess SpaceX has bigger priorities than catering to the crowd.
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The sad part was had it been set to launch 15 minutes later, I think we would have been able to see much more (or frankly anything). The sun started poking through the clouds at 11. But I guess SpaceX has bigger priorities than catering to the crowd.

Yes, like delivering the customer payload to the right orbit matching Jason-2.

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Question for anyone who might know: how big a crowd was that in the West Ocean Avenue area this morning?
Looked like back to back cars pulled over on both sides for at least a mile.

It's almost like a tailgating event without football stadium. Good spirits all around.

Hanging around to hear the landing result.

The vendor w/ SpaceX jacket is even passing out some free SpaceX stickers.

Edit: save as new jpg files, is it oriented upright for iOS Tapatalk app this time?
« Last Edit: 01/18/2016 06:22 PM by Jdeshetler »

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Question for anyone who might know: how big a crowd was that in the West Ocean Avenue area this morning?
Looked like back to back cars pulled over on both sides for at least a mile.
Sorry, I meant how big relative to crowds for past launches -- it was my first time out there.  Does it get bigger than that and how much?

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Question for anyone who might know: how big a crowd was that in the West Ocean Avenue area this morning?
Looked like back to back cars pulled over on both sides for at least a mile.

It's almost like a tailgating event without football stadium. Good spirits all around.

Hanging around to hear the landing result.

The vendor with SpaceX jacket is even passing out free SpaceX stickers.

Cool pictures, but are they upside down for anyone else?

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It's hard to tell with that big ugly tree.  Gross!

(They appear to be oriented normally to me).
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Offline Lars-J

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It's hard to tell with that big ugly tree.  Gross!

(They appear to be oriented normally to me).

They were flipped on the iOS Tapatalk app, but look normal now on a desktop browser. Tapatalk must not be reading an orientation flag right.

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Did anybody notice the cows running away when the rumble started? :D

« Last Edit: 01/18/2016 06:00 PM by Mongo62 »

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Ahah yes and now I also remember those car alarms.

It is probably worth nothing that I have found the rumble itself not to be too loud, less that I expected (I saw people with earmuffs that were absolutely unnecessary) but what was special was maybe the low frequency of the noise that is not very common to be experienced in day to day life?


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Ahah yes and now I also remember those car alarms.

It is probably worth nothing that I have found the rumble itself not to be too loud, less that I expected (I saw people with earmuffs that were absolutely unnecessary) but what was special was maybe the low frequency of the noise that is not very common to be experienced in day to day life?
The sound was very good -- we were close enough that you could feel it a little bit.  The sound was in the same ballpark with CCAFS Atlas V launches as viewed from the KSC Press Site.  Well, at least Atlas V 401s, anyway.  An Atlas from SLC-3 would be fun from there...assuming it could be seen.  It's an interesting experience, the sound only, but putting it together with the visual is "way" better.

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There are other vehicles with better visibility than Falcon.

What launcher in what configuration would you say has the best visibility from Vandenberg, in your experience?

Not just the configuration but there are actual pads that are visible from viewing sites.

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