Pegasus/SWAS Launch

J. Lee Blanton (blanton@pe.net)
Sat, 5 Dec 1998 17:30:37 -0700

Hello:

I just witnessed the Pegasus/SWAS launch in crystal-clear skies over
southern California.  It was much more impressive than I had expected.  It
seemed to come toward my location in southwest Riverside County rather than
following a more tangential path that I had anticipated.  At a certain
altitude a contrail formed (the remnants of which still persist 30 minutes
after the launch).  At higher altitudes the pure white plume spread widely
and dispersed without forming a contrail.  Engine burn-out occurred
southwest of me at about 35 degrees elevation.

Lee

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J. Lee Blanton                          email:               blanton@pe.net
Temecula, California                    Tel/Voicemail/FAX:   (909) 699-6903
33.519N 117.102W 413m
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