Re: Rocket Launch Tuesday?

Terry Lisansky (lisansky@UDel.Edu)
Fri, 25 Dec 1998 15:44:22 -0500 (EST)

	It couldn't have been a contrail, because it only lasted a few
seconds and disappeared, like a rocket motor cutting off.  But it did have
that look of a pulse type engine.  Thanks.....Terry

Terry Lisansky					http://udel.edu/~lisansky
		Give me a fast ship........
			For I intend to go in harms way.


On Fri, 25 Dec 1998, John Stone wrote:

> 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.
> 
> JRBURCA@aol.com 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):
> > http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/rawhide_home_page
> >
> > Florida Today Space Online Space Schedule - launches worldwide including
> > orbital Vandenberg launches but _not_ the suborbital ones:
> > http://www.flatoday.com/space/next/sked.htm
> >
> > -- Jake Rees
> >    Burbank, California
> 
> 
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