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Watch the rocket tonight

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"Skywatchers along the U.S. East Coast have a chance of getting a unique light show from Monday evening’s launch of an Antares rocket from Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
The 14-story rocket is set for liftoff at 6:45 p.m. EDT (2245 GMT) from launch pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, a launch complex owned by the state of Virginia at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility...." Full story: http://spaceflightnow.com/2014/10/26/rocket-launch-could-dazzle-u-s-east-coast/
 

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Cool.,

I saw one last year and took a long-exposure photograph of it. It's really cool to watch.

 

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My company manufactured the fuel tanks in that bad boy


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I wonder if there are any consequences for the bkat that was in the range, causing them to scrub. Supertanker, or tourist?
 

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So, it was a sailboat, it seems. Apparently the Coast Guard and Virginia Marine Police have arrest and fine authority there. Wonder if they will. How much does it cost to scrub a launch?

In other news, the comments on this article are awesome. What a concentration of nutters!
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/space-launch-called-off-due-to-passing-sailboat-1.2814524

My parents own a place right by the launch site and I spent many a summer racing all over the bay I my small boat just off the shore of the launch site, so I am quite familar with the "restricted zone". It is really not that large, and when a launch is happening it is clearly visible where you can not go. There is a US Coast Guard station that goes out to patrol the area as well as other branches of LEO's from othe r departments.
If a boat gets into that area they are quite close to the laaunch zone, and it was at night so you can't see what the vessel is doing.
 
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