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Old 02-01-2018, 09:24 PM   #21
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I used to go and watch the shuttle launches if I was in MCO or TPA when one was happening. They went about 50% of the time I went to see them. Sometimes the launches were scrubbed because some yahoo in a boat was out in the prohibited zone off shore and couldn't get out of the way fast enough before the launch window closed.

Without paying money to get on Merritt Island (not refunded if the launch was scrubbed), the best place was Veteran's Memorial Park in Titusville. You could get out on the causeway a bit, but the causeway itself was closed. Since the Falcon uses the same pads as the shuttle it might be a good place. However, you are still about 12 miles away.

Here's what I saw from there:
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Old 02-02-2018, 12:33 PM   #22
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Hydrazine used in rocket fuel is highly toxic.

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The Merlin engine(27 of them) all burn RP-1 and Oxygen. no hydrazine.

I would be more concerned with debris if I was closer, or in the launch area. They clear the launch downrange area as best they can but... We have had launches scrubbed because of boats ignoring the NOTAMS.

Musk said "this was the first time and it may not go right..." They have launched with 9 (Falcon 9) engines, but the heavy has 3x that all tied together. Major feat of mechanical engineering if it flies and stays together.
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I learned something interesting about SpaceX, they donít like to use anything that canít be tested before they are actually used. For instance, other rocket manufactures use explosive bolts to release things. Obviously canít be tested prior actually needing them to work. SpaceX prefers to use hydraulics or other mechanical releases that can be tested. All of the engines on the Falcon Heavy have been fired at least twice now.
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If you are at Port Canaveral or cocoa beach when they test fire the rockets, you can hear the roar but canít see anything until the smoke rises above the horizon. The test fired the heavy lift rockets last Thursday, if I remember correctly.
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I just bought myself a ticket to the fireworks. Iím really looking forward to it. Iíve never seen a launch before.
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I just bought myself a ticket to the fireworks. Iím really looking forward to it. Iíve never seen a launch before.
You picked a good one for your first time. They havenít launched one this big in about forty years.
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I'm jealous! I just read about their planned launch of the biggest boosters since Saturn V! Should be quite a show.
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If you are at Port Canaveral or cocoa beach when they test fire the rockets, you can hear the roar but canít see anything until the smoke rises above the horizon. The test fired the heavy lift rockets last Thursday, if I remember correctly.
Stu, I was up there earlier in the week fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon. The test was scheduled for that day but got canceled because the government was closed!
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If you go to Spacecoastlaunches.com they have all the countdowns. launches live on line with great commentary's etc. If you have a smart tv and wifi you can cast it from your laptop to the TV . And watch everything live, fantastic coverage as well as quick look live in the sky. https://spacecoastlaunches.com/launch-schedule/ This will inform you of the launch details of ther Falcon heavy and upcoming launches.
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Almost all the live streaming services are 20+ seconds delayed...

Best view is on TV.
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It was magnificent! And the boosters came home safely. They were accompanied by two big sonic booms and loud engine noise.

Do it again Elon!
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You only heard two sonic booms? we heard 4 sonic booms at Cocoa Village Causeway.
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You only heard two sonic booms? we heard 4 sonic booms at Cocoa Village Causeway.
Youíre right. It was two pairs of sonic booms.
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Genuinely one of the most astonishing things Iíve ever seen. Certainly the most historically significant. Damn nearly brought a tear to my eye.

I hadnít been to KSC since I were a lad, and a lot has changed. The Atlantis museum was a highlight for sure.

So glad I went!
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So these sonic booms on the thrusters landing - what was travelling at more than the speed of sound at that time to cause that? Were they sonic or something else?
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The thrusters were supersonic on the way back down. They had to burn a few times to slow down. It was a hell of a thing to see.
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Genuinely one of the most astonishing things Iíve ever seen. Certainly the most historically significant. Damn nearly brought a tear to my eye.

I hadnít been to KSC since I were a lad, and a lot has changed. The Atlantis museum was a highlight for sure.

So glad I went!
Dave, where were you? I was behind the Atlantis building.
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I was over in the rocket garden. For some reason I was thinking you had better tickets, otherwise Iíd have said hello!
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I was over in the rocket garden. For some reason I was thinking you had better tickets, otherwise Iíd have said hello!
I did pay extra to get there. I think you got as good a view from the rocket garden as I did. If they schedule a night launch, I might spring for the Feel the Heat seats.
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I did pay extra to get there. I think you got as good a view from the rocket garden as I did. If they schedule a night launch, I might spring for the Feel the Heat seats.


Absolutely. I would have if they werenít already sold out.
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