Re: OT - Rocket Launches from Vandenberg

From: robbonz via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:51:13 +1200
 Rick Baldridge via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org> wrote:

>I am fortunate to live within 200 miles of Vandenberg AFB, so have been able
>to head down for many launches over the years.  It took me many trips to
>find all the good off-base sites where the public can view launches.
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>As stated by others, the largest vehicle currently launching out of
>Vandenberg is the Delta IV Heavy.  It launches off SLC-6 (where the Shuttle
>was originally planned to lift off).  There is no off-base location where
>you can see the rocket on the pad before launch.  The SURF AMTRAK location
>was open once for a Delta IV Heavy launch, but apparently that spot
>seasonally closes due to nesting of an endangered bird species (Snowy
>Plover).  The best site to watch a Delta-IV launch is really is up near
>SUDDEN PEAK
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>Videos I took of the Delta-IV, along with still photos and viewing site
>information with coordinates can be seen at:
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>https://www.flickr.com/photos/xb70man/sets/72157635356568650/
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>and
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>https://www.flickr.com/photos/xb70man/sets/72157625888556270/   
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>The current Falcon 9 launches off SLC-4E.  You can get very close to the pad
>on Renwick Ave. off of Ocean, but you cannot see the rocket on the pad.
>Several seconds after liftoff, it is quite visible.  It CAN be seen while on
>the pad from the top of Harris Grade Road, but that location is over 11
>miles from the pad.  Still photos, video and observing site coordinates
>again at:
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>https://www.flickr.com/photos/xb70man/sets/72157636029481925/
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>Atlas-V launches off of SLC-3E are quite accessible - viewing from as close
>as 2.4 miles away.  The top of the rocket can be seen on the pad.  Details
>at:
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>https://www.flickr.com/photos/xb70man/sets/72157626376787771/  
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>Delta-II launches off SLC-2W are very easy for the public to see about 5
>miles from the pad.
>https://www.flickr.com/photos/xb70man/sets/72157628107813390/    
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>While no longer launched, a video I took of the last-ever Titan-IV, which
>can be seen at:  http://youtu.be/modul24YyN0   That was an amazing rocket!
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>Regards,
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>Rick Baldridge
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>Campbell, CA.
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