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Did Vandenberg AFB launch a missile or spacecraft today around 2pm PT?

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posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 05:30 PM
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Hi,

I was at the beach today in Playa del Rey, CA near LAX. I was looking up to the north and saw an airplane contrail that seemed normal, but then I realized it went pretty much straight up. It was not a normal contrail from a plane. I wished I knew how to upload a picture that I took... Can someone help me with that?

It looked like the object came from the Vandenberg AFB direction, but of course I don't know for sure. I've never seen anything going up like this except for rocket launches, but the exhaust plume didn't look like a rocket.



What did I see?

Mods, please move if this is in the wrong section.
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posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 05:36 PM
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a reply to: AllIsOne

Open a second tab of ATS, then click the down arrow at the top of the screen and on the pop-down menu click "upload". The rest should be self-explanatory. I have no idea about a launch, perhaps other members can help.



posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 05:40 PM
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Not according to the launch calendar here: www.spaceflightinsider.com...



posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 06:00 PM
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a reply to: AllIsOne


Oddly enough they have a launch coming up in 30 mins.
m.youtube.com...

Live launch..
m.youtube.com...


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posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 06:03 PM
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a reply to: Bigburgh

I thought that was Canaveral.



posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 06:06 PM
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a reply to: AllIsOne
Im not sure, but there will be an early warning satellite launching in less than an hour from Flordia's space coast. United Launch Alliance shooting off an Atlas V . They did one last week I think or maybe Tuesday of a Delta IV from Cali though. Maybe your thinking of that?

a reply to: Bigburgh
aha, good you remembered!
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posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 06:08 PM
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Missile trails are a lot more interesting than boring old airplane trails.



posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 06:17 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Great question,
I can't find locations..



Scheduled for Jan 19, 2018Watch live as ULA's Atlas V rocket launches the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO Flight 4 for the U.S. Air Force.






Edit: they must have scrubbed the launch till tomorrow.
Not sure what's going on..🤔🤔🤔🤔




m.youtube.com...
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posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 06:20 PM
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a reply to: LightSpeedDriver

I appreciate your help. Thank you!



posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 06:23 PM
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a reply to: schuyler

Thanks for that info!



posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 06:27 PM
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a reply to: Bigburgh

Theyslipped 24 hours due to an issue with the rocket. It's Canaveral.

www.floridatoday.com... 1/



posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 06:32 PM
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a reply to: Blue Shift

Definitely not a conventional airplane, because it kept going straight up until I couldn't see it anymore.



posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 06:35 PM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Bigburgh

Theyslipped 24 hours due to an issue with the rocket. It's Canaveral.

www.floridatoday.com... 1/


Thank you very much.
I'll have to set the reminder.



posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 06:35 PM
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a reply to: AllIsOne

A normal contrail can appear to go straight up when it's not. We saw a SpaceX launch that from our perspective was going straight sideways. I've seen aircraft contrails that I swore were gong vertical that weren't.



posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 06:46 PM
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Husband’s cousin is married to the base’s 614th Air Operations Center Commander. Not that he would tell me anything of special interest. He was at the Pentagon previously, and I told him (mostly jokingly) that if SHTF and he doesn’t give us a heads up, our blood is on his hands!



posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 06:48 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

I'll certainly take that into consideration!

All other planes that I watched didn't behave that way though. Their contrails were all horizontal and I was able to follow them on their flight path. The "special" one just kept going up. Also, the regular contrails disappeared after 30 seconds or so. The one in question lingered around for 10 minutes and was still visible when I left. It just struck me as odd.



posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 06:55 PM
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originally posted by: AllIsOne
Definitely not a conventional airplane, because it kept going straight up until I couldn't see it anymore.

I'm not sure what you mean by that. If I saw a plane or a rocket going "straight up," wouldn't I just see a smeared vapor dot above me? All the rockets I've seen that blasted off from Vandenberg (and I was actually at Vandenberg for a couple of them), they kind of curve up and into the horizon at about a 45 degree elevation.



posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 07:01 PM
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originally posted by: LightSpeedDriver
a reply to: AllIsOne

on the pop-down menu click "upload". The rest should be self-explanatory. I.


Actually no, it is not. Not when you're posting from a phone anyway.



posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 07:10 PM
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a reply to: KansasGirl

I bow to your superior knowledge, I've never used ATS on a mobile, my eyes aren't that good.



posted on Jan, 18 2018 @ 07:26 PM
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a reply to: AllIsOne

Different flight path and altitude. I live on the road and it's fun to see what different contrails do. Sometimes you see ones that look like they're Morse Code, while the one near it is incredibly thick and continuous. Other days they make weird turns, and leave a shadow.




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