RE: Vandenberg Minuteman III Launch Obs. 18 Sept. 98

Matson, Robert (
Fri, 18 Sep 1998 11:01:19 -0700

	Hi Jake,

	Caught this launch from Belmont Shore last night.  I had plotted the
trajectory in
	advance on a star chart, and it was pretty close to accurate.  I
think it probably
	launched right at 1:01am.  I was surprised how abruptly it
disappeared at
	MECO.  I caught the 1st stage separation, but like you said, it
wasn't very
	impressive from so far away.  I noticed a fair amount of brightness
	(chuffing?), particularly late in boost phase.  Not nearly as
impressive as a
	Titan IV!  --Rob