SpaceX Iridium-4

Today a friend of mine saw the Iridium-4 SpaceX rocket. At first they thought it was a UFO!

http://www.spacex.com/webcast

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Thats so amazing!!! :)

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Whoa! Incredible! Those photos are awesome

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From “airside_eric” on IG. Pretty cool stuff!

https://instagram.com/p/BdBxUMQl-xO/

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.

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How high up is this?

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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.

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Right now its 629km up. It has separated all 10 satellites and the Mission is a Huge Success

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And here’s some more:

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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.

For more information: https://aireon.com/services/global-air-traffic-surveillance/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aireon

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Watched it live, didn’t think it would make such a mess when the first stage separated

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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.

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How do you expect it to reach the velocity required to enter orbit? By flying straight up? C’mon… Basic physics…

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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.

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I figured that’s what it was… sorry, my mind was corrupted by hundreds of ignorant people. :/

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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 :)

Yup.

This is the ignorance I was talking about by the way. EVERYONE thinks it’s a coverup.

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