Monday, March 2, 2015

Forget the hashtags, a rocket is launching! ABS 3A & Eutelsat 115 West B #SpaceX #Falcon9 #RocketPic

If only every weekend could end with a launch! This was the bare minimum launch viewing effort, setting up the camera with 15 minutes to launch, starting the 30-second exposures at blast off, and holding the puppy and watching the rocket light up the night sky. By the time the +SpaceX Falcon 9 was out of sight from our balcony (because it was heading south), the sound came rumbling in (we are 12 miles from LC-40). We ran to the other side of the building to watch MECO and the 2nd stage light. Then ~10 minutes later the dog was walked, the equipment was away, and we were off to dream about the next launch.

5 exposures of 30-seconds (broken out below). I changed the white balance from last time giving a more natural color instead of an orangey fire streak.
I like the individual segments because it tells you a lot about the rocket's motion and the brightness intensity at various stages. The first is super bright from reflections and the humidity haze.
The official stats:
March 1/2Falcon 9 • Eutelsat 115 West B & ABS 3A
Launch window: 0350-0432 GMT on 2nd (10:50-11:32 p.m. EST on 1st)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Eutelsat 115 West B and ABS 3A communications satellites. Eutelsat 115 West B will provide the Americas with video, data, government, and mobile services for Paris-based Eutelsat. ABS 3A will distribute television programming, Internet and mobile phone connectivity, and maritime services across the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East for Asia Broadcast Satellite of Bermuda and Hong Kong. Built by Boeing, the satellites are the first spacecraft to launch in a conjoined configuration and are the first payloads to use all-electric propulsion for orbit-raising. Delayed from Feb. 17 and Feb. 27. [Feb. 27]

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