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Alvandy  (Level: 242.0 - Posts: 7724)
Fri, 8th May '09 10:33 PM


If interested, click on a link to watch the launch. It wa sdelayed from the original launch date of yesterday.


Web Cast:


ItacSat-3 to Launch from Wallops Island , Virginia

NASA'S Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia will be the site of the launch of an Air Force Minotaur I rocket carrying the Air Force Research Laboratory’s TacSat-3 satellite and two secondary payloads between 8 and11 p.m. EDT, May 7. The weather forecast has a 55% probability of acceptable weather for launch. The webcast will begin at 1 p.m. EDT on May 7. If the weather holds out for a clearing, we may be able to observe this launch.
“Observers who are situated within about 800 statute miles of the Wallops Island Flight Facility appear to have a reasonable chance of catching a view of the Minotaur I contrail within the first few minutes after launch.
The key to making a sighting is to have a clear, unobstructed view of the south-southeastern horizon in the direction of Wallops Island . For those in Boston , Massachusetts look southwest; in Wheeling , West Virginia it will be due east, etc.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 8th May '09 10:36 PM

I would so love to see a launch before I'm gone. It was great to see the space shuttle at the air base a few months ago, but it's just not enough!

Alvandy  (Level: 242.0 - Posts: 7724)
Fri, 8th May '09 10:53 PM


Two minutes; 13 seconds to launch- aborted!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 8th May '09 11:03 PM

Why was it aborted? Weather?

Alvandy  (Level: 242.0 - Posts: 7724)
Fri, 8th May '09 11:32 PM

It was either a loss of virility or testicular atrophy.
Oh, we're not talking about Manny Ramirez.

It was a loss of power somewhere. I don't understand their lingo.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 8th May '09 11:41 PM

Whenever they have a launch from Cape Canaveral, we can see it live from our condo's pool. A small crowd usually gathers for the event. You wouldn't believe how bright they look, even though it's a 45 minute drive to the Cape.

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