Re: Tacsat2

From: Bruce MacDonald (
Date: Sat Dec 16 2006 - 07:25:06 EST

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    >I just watched the ascent live from my back deck.  I live in Northeastern
    > Maryland, USA (about 30 miles NE of Baltimore).  The vehicle cleared the
    > horizon with a bright contrail, and through my birding scope I could 
    > clearly
    > see the comet-like fan behind it.  I saw one staging event hrough the 
    > scope-
    > the contrail stopped for a moment, and I could see the rocket itself as a
    > reddish cylindrical object (lit by the almost-rising sun) and then a few
    > seconds later the fan started again with a burst and it continued toward 
    > the
    > east.
    I watched the webcast of the launch and I see from the Wallops Island 
    website that TacSat-2 has deployed successfully.
    Bruce MacDonald
    COSPAR Site 2751
    Devizes, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
    51.3440 N 1.9849 W 125M (WGS 84)
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