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Mid-Atlantic US region can view rocket launch, and on web

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posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 06:01 PM
I am just giving this as an FYI, since the mid-atlantic region will be able to view the launching of Minotaur 1 rocket from the Wallops Launch facility.

Based on the approved range schedule, the rocket is set for launch between 8:28 and 11:28 p.m. EDT. The backup launch days are June 29 – July 10 . The launch may be visible, depending on cloud cover and one’s viewing location, in the eastern United States from southern New York to North Carolina. It may be seen as far west from the Atlantic Coast as West Virginia and western Pennsylvania


For those who wish to watch it on the web, click the following link:

The Wallops Launch facility is located on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The facility is also commercially accessible, and connected to the offshore range, making it free air space.
The missle being launched tomorrow night is a Department of Defense surveillance satellite that is being launched on the Minotaur 1 rocket. This is the first operational satellite to be deployed by the DOD,

She said the objective now is "to be more agile and resilient," including a shift to using smaller satellites with shorter lifespans and a "plug-and-play" type modular open systems approach to providing communications and imaging satellites for military use -- with the eventual goal being to assemble and launch a satellite within days to weeks.

But weather may be a problem tomorrow, here is the reschedule information:

baltimore sun

If weather or some other issues scrub the launch attempt Tuesday evening, they'll try again nightly through July 10, except for a three-day window around the planned launch of the shuttle Atlantis from Cape Canaveral, in Florida. That's still scheduled for July 8. NASA's Wallops tracking systems are needed for shuttle launches, which fly up the East Coast.

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