Re: Questions about upcoming SpaceX launch

From: George Herbert (
Date: Tue Oct 02 2012 - 06:20:02 UTC

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    On Oct 1, 2012, at 11:11 PM, Kevin Fetter <> wrote:
    >> "I just realized  that Sunday night’s SpaceX launch
    >> from Florida is a night 
    >> launch and wondered if  there’s a chance for folks
    >> along the U.S. East 
    >> Coast to see it.
    > Certaintly. It be like watching a night launch of the shuttle, the light from the falcon 9 rocket engines will be bright.
    It won't be the same as the shuttle, which is much MUCH bigger and whose SRBs have hot glowing white aluminum oxide in the exhaust and smoke trail.
    However, the Falcon 9 engines burn kerosene and LOX, are pretty bright, and will be brighter than an Atlas launch, which would be the closest comparison (also LOX/kerosene...).
    George William Herbert
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