Re: Rocket Launch Tuesday?

John Stone (
Fri, 25 Dec 1998 05:23:47 -0600

There is a rumor that DOD is working on something called a "pulse-jet" engine.
There have been all sorts of strange contrails off the CA coast. I have seen some
very odd pics in aviation week of contrails. Not exactly on-topic ... but I bet
someone on this list knows more than I do. wrote:

> Terry Lisansky wrote:
> << Tuesday afternoon at about 5:50'ish I was looking out toward the
>  ocean when I saw what appeared to be a rocket launch.  It was at about 40
>  degrees above the horizon and going up.  The trail had a pulsed look (it
>  was segmented) and was straight, narrow and continuous.  It covered about
>  5 degrees of the sky.  I'm on the central coast of California (Monterey
>  Bay) and was looking roughly southwest.  Any ideas?? >>
> Since there was not a launch from Vandenberg (or anywhere else) that day,
> 22 Dec. 1998, most likely it was a high altitude jet airplane.  I see a lot of
> those around here.  They can look quite interesting.  Recently, I noticed
> three at the same time in the late afternoon in the western sky.
> To keep abreast of rocket launches, the following two sources seem to cover
> it thoroughly:
> Brian Webb's web site (Vandenberg only _including_ suborbital launches):
> Florida Today Space Online Space Schedule - launches worldwide including
> orbital Vandenberg launches but _not_ the suborbital ones:
> -- Jake Rees
>    Burbank, California