Today a friend of mine saw the Iridium-4 SpaceX rocket. At first they thought it was a UFO!
Thats so amazing!!! :)
Whoa! Incredible! Those photos are awesome
From “airside_eric” on IG. Pretty cool stuff!
The forum only shares the thumbnail for some reason… there’s two clips there you should see. Looks like it’s taken right after first stage separation.
How high up is this?
I’m not sure… if it’s a rocket, probably soon it’s going to be in space.
Based on the pictures, and as it seems to be taken slightly after Stage 1 separation i’d say it’s around 85-95km up (300.000ft-ish) when the pics were taken.
Right now its 629km up. It has separated all 10 satellites and the Mission is a Huge Success
And here’s some more:
Sweet! And for it to be seen from the surface is amazing!
Yes, rocket launches are quite the event. Interestingly enough, this launch carries satellites that host ADS-B receivers from Aireon LLC, a company aiming to bring ADS-B coverage around to globe to enable better en-route aircraft tracking allowing for optimized oceanic separation rules and increased flexibility for controllers in oceanic centres. This is slated to be the most important innovation in trans-oceanic air traffic control since the transition away from HF to CPDLC.
Watched it live, didn’t think it would make such a mess when the first stage separated
What the? I live here and I saw this!
Haha, I saw this earlier… everyone on my snapchat was posting pictures and videos of it on their stories!
There’s a lot of people on social media right now saying that it couldn’t have been a rocket, and that it’s a coverup for something else.
I’m not taking either side, but I haven’t seen a horizontal flying rocket. Just sayin.
How do you expect it to reach the velocity required to enter orbit? By flying straight up? C’mon… Basic physics…
Uhhh, rockets fly sideways to reach orbit, the idea is that they fly sideways so fast they clear the earth before it can crash into it. Orbit is by definition, a continuous state of freefall.
I figured that’s what it was… sorry, my mind was corrupted by hundreds of ignorant people. :/
Bear in mind that at the speed they are going, you don’t that much angle of attack to have a high ascent rate. You can just grab a fighter in Infinite Flight to figure that out :)