indcwby
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Orbital L-1011 Iris Launch

Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:35 am

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/iris/launch/

Orbital's L-1011 is already in the air with the Pegasus rocket attached to its belly. Love seeing that bird in the air.
 
B595
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RE: Orbital L-1011 Iris Launch

Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:58 am

Funny thing, I was unaware of this launch but was fortunate enough to witness some of the action with the naked eye purely by chance on my bike ride home at ~7:30pm. The deployment point was 36N 123W, not too far from the Monterey coast:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=36N+12...7&sspn=11.793333,17.490234&t=h&z=7

Either the rocket itself or possibly a fighter-jet chase plane left a streaking contrail that was very visible to anyone with a clear view to the southwest from the hills around Monterey. The contrail moved across the sky so rapidly it was obvious it wasn't made by an ordinary jet transport.

Some more information here:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/...al-pegasus-launch-iris-spacecraft/

I would never have known what I was looking at if I hadn't seen your post, indcwby.
 
JeffSFO
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RE: Orbital L-1011 Iris Launch

Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:01 am

Quoting B595 (Reply 1):
Funny thing, I was unaware of this launch but was fortunate enough to witness some of the action with the naked eye purely by chance on my bike ride home at ~7:30pm. The deployment point was 36N 123W, not too far from the Monterey coast:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=36N+12...7&sspn=11.793333,17.490234&t=h&z=7

Either the rocket itself or possibly a fighter-jet chase plane left a streaking contrail that was very visible to anyone with a clear view to the southwest from the hills around Monterey. The contrail moved across the sky so rapidly it was obvious it wasn't made by an ordinary jet transport.

Some more information here:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/...al-pegasus-launch-iris-spacecraft/

I would never have known what I was looking at if I hadn't seen your post, indcwby.

Did it look like this?

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7380/9157325506_dca0d74175_b.jpg

I, too, was unaware of the launch and just missed it but saw what must have been the contrail from my office window in Sunnyvale quite by chance. Since I didn't know about it my first thought was, "Wow, that looks like a rocket plume," so I popped off a couple of shots.
 
B595
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RE: Orbital L-1011 Iris Launch

Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:12 am

Quoting JeffSFO (Reply 2):
Did it look like this?

   Looks like its remnants. Between ~7:30-8:00pm it was the only plume in the sky over the ocean to the southwest.

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