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

Patrick O'Doherty p at trickod.com
Tue Jan 19 21:54:55 UTC 2016


a++ experience ; would have body rocked by rocket again.

Danny O'Brien:
> It was really great fun -- we had a convoy of Noisebridge And Proximal
> Nodes folk going down, and even though we didn't really see much in the fog
> (the fog that was later blamed for the landing leg failure on the stage 1
> return --
> http://www.popsci.com/watch-spacexs-falcon-9-rocket-land-on-drone-ship-then-tip-over
> boooo), the /extremely hard-to-describe sound of a rocket lifting off, the
> spectacle of hundreds of space fans lining a stretch of road and blinking
> into the distance, and the chance to see so many SF hackers more than made
> up for it.
> 
> Thank you everyone!
> 
> d.
> 
> 
> On Sun, Jan 17, 2016 at 7:33 PM, Michael Toren <mct at toren.net> wrote:
> 
>> Someone had the internet stream going from the viewing area, but from there
>> it was about a full two minutes behind.
>>
>> My VX-7R couldn't receive on 368.300, but my friend's VX-8R could!  So
>> we piped though someone's SUV sound system parked next to us, and pumped
>> up the volume, which was nice.  That frequency only covered Falcon during
>> the early flight.  We heard MECO, separation, traffic about stage two
>> performing well, and some traffic about stage1 firing again, presumably to
>> return to the barge, but I'm not certain.  It did not cover the Falcon9
>> landing at the barge, which was unfortunate.  As someone pointed out, by
>> that far into the launch, it's not really a Vandenberg AFB problem :-)
>>
>> There was no visibility.  We were on Ocean Road, perhaps a quarter mile
>> away from the barricade.  Loud roar of the engines, but never saw it behind
>> the fog and cloud cover.  The cows (and goats, I hear) were significantly
>> freaked out about the whole thing and started running around, charging away
>> from the hill that obstructed our view of the pad.
>>
>> Space!
>>
>> ~mct
>>
>> On Sun, Jan 17, 2016 at 11:39:27AM -0800, Henner Zeller wrote:
>>> Watching http://www.spacex.com/webcast/ from home ...
>>>
>>> On 17 January 2016 at 11:35, Alex Merlin Glowaski
>>> <alex.glowaski at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> WOOOOOOOOOO
>>>>
>>>> On Jan 17, 2016 10:39 AM, "Michael Toren" <mct at toren.net> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> A spacex guy here was listening from a scanner, directly from mission
>>>>> control on 368.300. My HT can't receive on that band Next time :-)
>> someone
>>>>> theorized it might be from Vandenberg, the 30th Space Wing
>> simulcasting.
>>>>>
>>>>> ~mobilemct
>>>>>
>>>>> On January 17, 2016 9:58:56 AM PST, Adrian Chadd <
>> adrian.chadd at gmail.com>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I'll be on 146.580
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Jan 17, 2016 6:32 AM, "Michael Toren" <mct at toren.net> wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> 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.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> ~mct
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> 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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