Thursday, February 20, 2014

GPS 2F-5 Night Launch on Delta 4

This is why living in Cape Canaveral rocks! After softball I rushed home to set up the camera on the balcony. The first photo merge is from two, 30 second exposures. Then we ran across the condo out the front door and the second merge is of five, 30 second exposures, leading up to MECO (Main Engine Cut-Off).

GPS 2F-5 on a humid night leaves Cape Canaveral launched on a Delta 4
On a clear night you can watch the rocket all the way to Main Engine Cutt-Off (MECO) and into the stars
The official stats:
Feb. 20/21 Delta 4  •  GPS 2F-5
Launch time: 0159 GMT on 21st (8:59 p.m. EST on 20th)
Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket deployed the Air Force's fifth Block 2F navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (4,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters. Delayed from Oct. 17, Oct. 23 and Dec. 12. See our Mission Status Center. [Feb. 20]


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