Re: launching at sea

Dave Mullenix (djmullen@facstaff.wisc.edu)
Tue, 24 Jun 1997 18:25:06 -0500

>	If they are launching from near US-owned land very near the equator,
>then the possibilities are Howland, Baker, and Jarvis islands. Those are all
>basically right on the equator, even closer than the ESA launch site is.
>However, I believe all of those are at least partially run as bird nesting
>preserves. How are they going to assure that the noise doesn't "hurt the
>birds"? (I suspect the birds would rapidly learn to ignore the noise,
>actually.)

An article on photographing shuttle takeoffs in Astronomy magazine a few
years ago mentioned an island some distance (1/4 or 1/2 mile, I think) from
the launch pad where you could put unmanned cameras.  They said that using
RF to trigger the cameras was totally prohibited, but that sound worked very
well.  They said that at liftoff, the sound on the island was so loud that
it would kill an unprotected human!

Dave, N9LTD