SpaceX Falcon rocket launch today Dec 22 at 527 PM from Vandenberg AFB

mtgoat666 - 12-22-2017 at 12:58 PM

Should be visible to San Diego and northern Baja peeps by 529 PM -- look west, young man!

Sometimes these rocket launches right after sunset put on quite a show, other times not....

StuckSucks - 12-22-2017 at 01:20 PM

IF it's clear, we can usually get a good view of the Vandenburg traffic, usually heading southish. And moving really really fast.

del mar - 12-22-2017 at 01:41 PM

if you can't be enjoying a Jalama burger for the launch check for a webcast on the iridium site

StuckSucks - 12-22-2017 at 01:43 PM

Launch time: 0127:23 GMT on 23rd (8:27:23 p.m. EST; 5:27:23 p.m. PST on 22nd)
Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 10 satellites for the Iridium next mobile communications fleet. This mission will use a previously-flown first stage booster. Delayed from October and late November.

StuckSucks - 12-22-2017 at 01:46 PM

Live coverage: SpaceX readies Falcon 9 rocket for final launch of the year

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with 10 next-generation Iridium communications satellites. SpaceX’s live video coverage begins at approximately 8:12 p.m. EST (0112 GMT; 5:12 p.m. PST). Text updates will appear automatically below; there is no need to reload the page.

Howard - 12-22-2017 at 01:49 PM

Aah, a Jalama burger. Don't know what makes them so damn good, maybe the secret sauce or the shredded lettuce? Their onion rings are pretty killer as well as the gut filling breakfast burrito!

David K - 12-22-2017 at 02:32 PM

Thanks, StuckSucks! We can tell the kids that vapor trail is Santa's rocket-powered sleigh getting an early start heading to Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia (where Christmas begins before it does here)!

KurtG - 12-22-2017 at 03:02 PM

Quote: Originally posted by Howard  
Aah, a Jalama burger. Don't know what makes them so damn good, maybe the secret sauce or the shredded lettuce? Their onion rings are pretty killer as well as the gut filling breakfast burrito!

Or maybe its just the setting, one of my favorite local destinations.

We'll be on the beach at Pismo to watch the launch.

bajabuddha - 12-22-2017 at 05:38 PM

Sheeeeit, I went out the back and didn't see NUTHIN'.

fake news. :P

David K - 12-22-2017 at 06:37 PM

OH MAN...WAS THAT COOL!!! I will see if my photos took...

BigWooo - 12-22-2017 at 06:41 PM

Saw it from San Juanico. Wasn't until I read this thread that I knew what it was. Pretty spectacular. Trail is still across the horizon

David K - 12-22-2017 at 06:51 PM

First three on my PC monitor:

Now my camera, outside:

From North San Diego County.

StuckSucks - 12-22-2017 at 06:52 PM

WOW, spectacular from LAX. T+24 mins and he is almost to the southern end of South America (to the west, over the Pacific).

KurtG - 12-22-2017 at 07:30 PM

We were on the beach at Pismo. It was spectacular, first because the sunset tonight was really something. Great colors and a crescent moon. Lift off was just after sunset and the rocket and it's trail catching the light as it ascended was lovely. We had a good view of the booster separation and watched till it was out of sight. I've seen quite a few launches here, especially when I lived in Avila Beach and had a great view across the bay to the south but this was perhaps the best because of the timing relative to sunset.

ehall - 12-22-2017 at 07:54 PM

Great show in Az.

elgatoloco - 12-22-2017 at 07:55 PM

We watched from top of Mt. Soledad. The sunset alone was spectacular and the rocket made it extra special. We had mission control on the mobile phone so we could hear what was happening. First stage separation and then watching booster zig and zag and fall towards earth was a bonus. Cant wait for the next one.

Thanks for the heads up!

woody with a view - 12-22-2017 at 07:57 PM

Epic! Looked like space aliens visiting for tortas and cervezas Noche Buenas!

shari - 12-22-2017 at 08:23 PM this is something you dont see every day here in Bahia Asuncion!
We were watching the sunset from the balcony overlooking the blowhole having a happy hour...

and saw a strange light in the northern sky...

Our guests were afraid it may have been a retaliation to a North Korean strike until I told them I had read about a Spacex rocket launch from Vandenburg AFB today ..whew

We saw the booster drop off it and hang there a long time until it turned red like a flare and looked like it fell onto San Pablo.

It headed south for about 8 minutes until it disappeared. Super cool!!!

[Edited on 12-23-2017 by shari]

BornFisher - 12-22-2017 at 09:28 PM

Thanks Goat for the heads up!!
Was (am) down south of Rosarito Beach. Took my chair and a beer to set up, looked toward the giant Jesus and WOW!!! A rocket comes flying right over Jesus, spouting orange sparks behind!! AWESOME!!!!! Never seen anything like it!! What a show, still stoked!!!

mtgoat666 - 12-22-2017 at 09:59 PM


BajaBlanca - 12-22-2017 at 10:44 PM

It was so fab but we did not know what it was! Sure wish I had read up on it beforehand because Mt. Soledad sounds like a great place to view from!

randyclark - 6-10-2018 at 11:48 PM

I was able to setup my 360 camera before the launche went place.