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Wallops Island Rocket Launch

Where is a good spot to watch launches from the nasa facility on Wallops Island? There's a launch this week that I'll probably miss, but I'd like to try to see one later this summer, if there are more opportunities. I saw a night launch of the space shuttle from the Indian river a few years ago, and it was awesome.

Would I be able to see anything if I anchored by Tangier island, or anywhere else in the bay? Or would I need to go over to the ocean side? There is a notice to mariners online but it isn't very informative: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/...%20ANTARES.PDF

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Re: Wallops Island Rocket Launch

Wow, looks like I stumped sailnet! The launch was rescheduled for tonight. Unfortunately, I'll still not be able to be on the boat to see it. I found a link that indicates that I would have had a good view from Tangiers: UPDATE: Virginia’s rocket launch rescheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m. | WTVR.com.

Ill try to see it from home instead, and keep an eye out for future launches.

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Re: Wallops Island Rocket Launch

Scott, that would be amazing! I wonder what kind of restrictions they put on boat traffic.
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Re: Wallops Island Rocket Launch

A few years ago we headed north from Yorktown planning to watch an early evening orbital shot out of Wallops. It was delayed until 2330 by which time we were off Solomons Island. All I can say about the view was SPECTACULAR! Loved it.
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Re: Wallops Island Rocket Launch

Whether you can see a Wallops Island shot is dependent mainly upon the size of the rocket. When I worked for NASA-Greenbelt back in the early 1960s, we launched lots of smaller rockets from there, some of which were spectacular and some of which blew up on the launch pads. Those were scary times.

I managed to see a couple from lower Tangier Sound, but never knew they could be seen as far north as Solomons. I guess if the launch vehicle is large enough, you could readily see it from there, though.

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