Minotaur Launch: I missed it!

From: Skywayinc@aol.com
Date: Thu Jun 30 2011 - 04:47:49 UTC

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    Tonight was a classic case of shooting myself in  the foot.  While working 
    at the television station I was constantly  monitoring both the video of the 
    Minotaur rocket at the launch pad from Wallops  Island, along with their 
    periodic (worded) mission updates.  I also was  frequently checking the 
    updates put out at the Spaceflightnow.com site.  
    
    At 10:31 p.m., Spaceflightnow.com reported that: 
    "A new targeted  launch time of 11:28 p.m. EDT is now being coordinated."
    
    At 10:41 p.m.,  they reiterated that: 
    "Engineers are re-checking the Minotaur's tracking  beacon and re-aligning 
    the rocket's inertial navigation system as they set up  the rocket for 
    another launch attempt at 11:28 p.m. EDT (0328 GMT)."
    
    At  that point I decided to jump in my car and head home as quickly as I 
    could; I  felt that I could make it home by 11:28 . . . quite possibly with a 
    few minutes  to spare. 
    
    Little did I know that the "advertised" 11:28 launch time  would then be 
    moved up . . . to 11:09!  That new launch time was announced  at 10:51 p.m.  
    At that moment I was driving north on the Saw Mill Parkway  and at 11:09 I 
    was on the Taconic Parkway, completely oblivious to the fact that  the 
    Minotaur rocket was finally lifting off its Virginia launch pad.
    
    My  son broke the news to me when I arrived home at 11:24.  
    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr  . . .
    Better luck next time (whenever that might be).
    -- joe r.  
    
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