Re:VAFB Minuteman II Launch Observation

From: Rick Baldridge (Rick.Baldridge@wj.com)
Date: Tue Jul 11 2000 - 15:54:46 PDT

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    A plot of the Modified Minuteman launch of July 7th showing the full powered
    trajectory and location of staging events as viewed from my observing location
    (near San Jose, CA.) can be seen at:
    
    FULL Trajectory:  
    http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=940828&a=2571482&p=24196455
    
    Close-up of first 1 minute of flight: 
    http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=940828&a=2571482&p=24195425
    
    The plots were made with SKYMAP using a trajectory file (.TRJ) I created from
    actual observations of the launch (see file below).  Except for perhaps the
    first 40 seconds of the trajectory which I cannot see from 200 miles away, the
    plotted path is accurate in time to 1 second and track to better than 0.1 degree
    all the way to burnout.  Launch silo coordinates at Vandenberg not known to
    great accuracy, but should be close. 
    
    MSLS (Minuteman II) Launch, July 7, 2000
    Approximate launch time 9:18:06pm PDT (4h18m06s UT on the 8th)
    SKYMAP .TRJ file for full powered trajectory of missile.
    
    0.0  34.7970  -120.6160  0.00
    33.0  34.791  -120.6770  17.50
    50.0  34.779  -120.7990  28.20
    60.0  34.7670  -120.9200  37.00
    72.0  34.7420  -121.1610  53.00
    78.0  34.7230  -121.3410  64.40
    94.0  34.6850  -121.6980  87.90
    102.0  34.6530  -121.9950  107.40
    118.0  34.5880  -122.5810  144.00
    130.0  34.5350  -123.0450  172.50
    146.0  34.4530  -123.7310  216.00
    152.0  34.4180  -124.0150  234.00
    168.0  34.3120  -124.8540  286.10
    179.0  34.2250  -125.5140  326.50
    
    FORMAT FOR ABOVE:  Time (sec after launch), LAT, LONG, ALT (in KM)
    
    I obtained a pretty good video of the entire flight, even well past burn-out. 
    Two real good staging events and tumbling spent boosters were recorded.  My
    video shows stars to about mag 6, which is how I was able to fit the trajectory
    file so well.  Can anyone recommend the software for me to turn my Hi-8 video
    into an MPEG or other format so I can share it on the web?  Any help would be
    greatly appreciated, even if it's just an opinion.
    
    Thanks.
    
    RICK BALDRIDGE
    
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