Wallops Rocket Launches

Keith Stein (kstein@erols.com)
Mon, 05 Jul 1999 14:31:27 -0400

Hello all,

Did anyone see the rocket launches from Wallops Island last night, I did,
VERY cool 4th of July display !!

I was less then 5 miles from the launch pad listening to the range
surveillance aircraft "KingAir 72 Oscar Charlie" on 311.200 MHz (AM mode).
Launch control, at Wallops Flight Facility, was providing some good updates
to the aircraft during the countdown.

The first rocket, a Black Brant 5, was launched at 11:57 p.m. EDT, followed
by the second rocket, a Taurus-Orion, at 12:02 a.m. EDT. These are only
small sounding rockets, but still VERY loud.

Few minutes after launch the Taurus-Orion released a huge white milky cloud
glowing in the night sky for 10-20 minutes, VERY cool.

"KingAir 72 Oscar Charlie" saw the Black Brant 5 launch, but missed the
Taurus-Orion and the white cloud.

They plan on doing the whole thing again on Tuesday night, Jul. 6th, if
skies are clear. Check it out if you can.

Keith Stein, Editor (kstein@kingpublishing.com)
Military Space (http://www.militaryspace.com)

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