Re: Orbview 4 Launch Failure

From: Daniel Deak (
Date: Sat Sep 22 2001 - 13:00:56 EDT

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    Hi all,
    It's quite disturbing to notice the fact that launch tracking cameras didn't
    seem to be watched by anybody in mission control !!! I watched the launch live
    yesterday on NASA TV and we could very clearly see that a short time after first
    stage separation, the rocket was flying sideways. I told myself that's it, the
    mission is over and they will send a destruct command. But to my complete
    amazement, the commentator, who was obviously checking telemetry data, kept on
    reporting that everything was nominal until the end.
    Maybe each mission control could supply access to satellite TV to many members
    of this list and assign a tracking camera to each one to monitor a launch in
    real time :-)
    Daniel Deak
    representant, projet spatial Starshine
    Drummondville, Quebec
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