posted on Nov, 25 2012 @ 09:31 AM
No gimmick here, the issue of spectacular sky apparitions and how many of them are caused by space/missile activity remains a serious topic.
This one looks like a 'normal' rocket launch, and when the date can be established -- something that too often is hard or impossible to do -- a
matching launch will probably be found.
'Space spirals' have always fascinated me as a real-life 'rocket scientist', and calling them all 'failed rockets' just doesn't wash.
I believe most are NOT caused by 'failures', since many are observed on identified missile.launcher ascents that did NOT fail, or at least, did not
fail during the early ascent stage that was observed.
On ICBM test flights, especially out of Kapustin Yar, a brief spiral at the end of powered flight is almost certainly the equivalent of the MX
warhead spin-up and deploy on US missiles. There are MX launch animations on youtube that show exactly that phase of launch.
On solid-fuel ICBM launches, the spirals that have been for at least 30 years observed in northern Russia and neighboring countries are much longer in
duration, so spin-up is implausible as the cause. They are also quite uniform: usually two streamers, and usually seen to cut off suddenly and sharply
at both ends. That also argues against them being a reuslt of an out-of-control tumbling rocket [there ARE a few such videos of this on youtube and
those spirals clearly are irregular in direction and duration].
I suspect the 'normal' solid-fuel ICBM spirals are a feature of thrust-dumping, a feature of a solid rocket -- which cannot be shut down once
ignited -- being launched toward a target at significantly shorter than maximum range. From the submarine launch areas in the White Sea, or even
Plesetsk, the Kura-Kamchatka impact range is nowhere near as far as the missile's maximum range. So to prevent overshoots, the missile must 'shed'
excess thrust, and the most common method of doing so is to long-axis rotate the missile and open opposing side thrust-dumping ports. This creates a
tightly-wound double-spiral [ when seen on or near the horizon this has sometimes been reported or dran as 'expanding circles']
Once actually IN orbit, spirals have been seen to have been created by fuel dumps as the booster randomly rolls or tumbles -- the Australia sighting
of the SpaceX Dragon first orbital mission, for example, a few years ago. This has been a feature of orbital missions since the dawn of the Space Age
and has been seen for nearly as long. Just not widely videotaped until recently.
So I wanted to stress the multiple potential prosaic causes of 'space spirals' so that any additional stimuli can be filtered out and focussed in
Launches -- particularly Russian and Chinese ones -- have been sparking UFO reports over Eurasia for decades, as well, and many 'classic' signtings
on long-published archival chronicles, including sightings by pilots, remain to be filtered out. What I find distressing is not just the initial
inability of researchers to do so, but even more, their continuing defiant denial of the NEED to do so.
UFO sightings caused by satellite reentries, particularly the spectacular fireball fragment fleets from falling rocket stages, are another categoty
entirely. We discussed that in the "1996 Yukon" thread not long ago.
The degree to which witnesses, INCLUDING PILOTS, misperceive and misinterpret such visual stimuli is pretty shocking, and needs to be more precisely
mapped out. That's why these kinds of UFO reports deserve serious attention and study, for 'instrumental calibration' purposes if nothing else.
IMHO, of course.