Delta II SMAP launch Jan 29th - trajectory

From: Rick Baldridge via Seesat-l <>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:15:25 +0000 (UTC)
The upcoming Delta II launch from Vandenberg AFB scheduled for Thursday morning January 29th should be a GOOD one visually. The SMAP payload will be launched into a 98.1-degree inclination orbit, so the launch trajectory will be very similar to the OCO and many Iridium launches. Also, with a launch time of 6:20am near Civil Twilight (Sun -6), the booster will get up into sunlight 2m50s after launch, producing a nice "wake"effect". Photographers should be ready for this! See The SMAP launch will not be quite as nice as the Iridium launch photos shown in the link because the twilight will be stronger, but it's certainly worth a look! 

Sample charts and photos of the similar OCO launch appear on my FLICK account at: 

Should anyone within about 250 miles of Vandenberg AFB desire a trajectory plot specific to their location, send me your coordinates (decimal degrees DD.DDDD preferred) and your altitude (meters preferred) directly to my e-mail and I'll reply with a plot. Do NOT reply to this message through SeeSat-L. 

Good viewing! 

Rick Baldridge 
Campbell, CA 
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