Re: Questions about upcoming SpaceX launch

From: Richard B. Langley (
Date: Tue Oct 02 2012 - 12:12:21 UTC

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    I saw the 22 May launch from Marco Island (about 275 km from Cape  
    Canaveral). Only an extended red dot near the horizon, but neat all  
    the same.
    -- Richard Langley
    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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