[Noisebridge-discuss] Impulse trip down to Vandenberg to see the latest SpaceX launch tomorrow (Sunday)?

Michael Toren mct at toren.net
Sun Jan 17 14:32:35 UTC 2016

Latest update from the launch-alert mailing list:

    > This morning's planned launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg
    > AFB appears to be on schedule. Liftoff is planned for 10:42:18 a.m.
    > PST, the start of a 30-second launch window.
    > If you will be using optical assistance (binoculars, telescope, etc.)
    > to view the launch, try following the first stage after stage 1/2
    > separation.  You may be able to follow the stage part or much of its
    > way down to its attempted landing on a barge in the ocean.


On Sat, Jan 16, 2016 at 11:50:32PM -0800, Michael Toren wrote:
> , from 2003.  Brian runs the "launch
> alert" list (http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/launch-alert), where
> you can learn about upcoming Vandenberg activity.  (Very good list, highly
> recommended!)  Getting ready for another launch last year, I pinged Brian
> asking if there was any way to tune into the countdown.  He replied:
>    > Providing Vandenberg launch status info over ham radio is something
>    > that is not actively encouraged. As a matter of fact, one ham radio
>    > repeater in Santa Barbara prohibited this activity.
>    > 
>    > Why can't you use an I-phone and listen to the launch over the
>    > Internet from NASA TV, Spaceflightnow.com, or the United Launch
>    > Alliance web site?
> So, we'll see.  I really hope it works!  I don't have a clear memory of us
> trying the repeaters last time, but I'm sure we must have.  We brought our
> radios this trip, anyway, just in case. :-)
> ~mct
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