Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Watching from our [former] front lawn - SBIRS GEO 2 Atlas V

Jen and I watched the Atlas V launch right in front of our apartment by the Indian River in Port St. John. It was really cool to watch it arc over to the right and then hear the sound over a minute later! I recorded the launch on my video camera inside our apartment of the windows rattling, but never posted it as the quality is low. I still have the mini DV tape in a pile of other spacey events.

Atlas V launch on the left and Atlantis exhibit being erected on the right.
Relative distances. The VAB stands tall on the horizon as the Atlas V soars away.

The official stats:
March 19 Atlas 5  •  SBIRS GEO 2
Launch time: 2121 GMT (5:21 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket (AV-037) launched the U.S. military's second Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite, or SBIRS GEO 2, for missile early-warning detection. The rocket flew in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Moved forward from May. Delayed from March 14. See our Mission Status Center. [March 19]


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