Thursday, August 8, 2013

Boeing Delta IV Launches WGS 6

Click the arrow to watch my video of the WGS 6 launch on YouTube.

I went out to NASA Causeway to film last night's launch of the sixth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS 6) atop a Boeing Delta IV at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 37.

In the past, this has never been a problem. Anyone with a badge could watch from there. This time, however, a diligent security officer was racing up and down the causeway, chasing away anyone who wasn't media. He claimed it was due to wind direction.

So I opted for Plan B, going to Static Test Road which is about three miles due west of LC-37.

While we waited, I had the pleasure of standing near someone who was telling everyone that Elon Musk and Barack Obama are secretly in business together. “Everyone here knows it,” he claimed. He explained this is why Obama is “giving” Kennedy Space Center's 39A to SpaceX. I was tempted to point out (1) the Bush administration recruited Musk and gave SpaceX a commercial cargo contract in 2006, and (2) he's an idiot, but decided to focus on the work at hand.

(Based on the hatred spewing from his mouth for all things SpaceX, I got the impression he's a United Launch Alliance employee.)

In the video, you'll see launch, solid rocket booster jettison, nose cone separation, and second stage ignition.

Click here to read Todd Halvorson's report for Florida Today.

Click the arrow to watch the United Launch Alliance video of the launch. They have nicer, but more expensive, camera equipment.

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