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Atlas V Rocket Launch 23-JAN-2014

Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:37 pm

Does anyone know how far up the East Coast tonight's Atlas V rocket launch from Cape Canaveral will be visible? Where can you find the launch trajectory? Sometimes we can see the Florida launches all the way up here in the Mid Atlantic region and I'm curious if tonight's will be one of them.
 
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RE: Atlas V Rocket Launch 23-JAN-2014

Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:08 am

The TDRS all head for geo-sync orbit, so the launch will not have a big northerly component. It's on hold now, in case anyone is watching.
 
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RE: Atlas V Rocket Launch 23-JAN-2014

Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:10 pm

Thanks for the update. Which type of missions require a more northerly component?
 
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RE: Atlas V Rocket Launch 23-JAN-2014

Sat Jan 25, 2014 1:58 am

Quoting UAL Bagsmasher (Reply 2):
Thanks for the update. Which type of missions require a more northerly component?

ISS is at something like a 51 degree inclination. They tend to parallel the east coast about 120 miles out as far as Hatteras. Most polar orbits are launched from Vandenberg.
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RE: Atlas V Rocket Launch 23-JAN-2014

Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:58 am

Quoting UAL Bagsmasher (Reply 2):
Which type of missions require a more northerly component?

In addition, all of the post-block-I GPS birds have launched from Canaveral to 55 degree inclination orbits (the block-I birds launched from Vandenberg into 63 degree orbits). A number of earth observation satellites have launched into fairly highly inclined orbits.
 
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RE: Atlas V Rocket Launch 23-JAN-2014

Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:02 pm

I saw the launch from my front lawn, very clearly visible (as always if no clouds) from Daytona Beach area where I am at.
 
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RE: Atlas V Rocket Launch 23-JAN-2014

Mon Jan 27, 2014 2:42 am

Thanks for all the information folks! HaveBlue, just out of curiosity, can you ever hear anything from the launches living in Daytona? I used to vacation a lot there as a kid in Daytona Beach Shores around the Sunglow Pier. Wow has that area changed. All highrise condos now.

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