Fireworks tomorrow

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Posted by ptf on June 26, 2006 at 10:04:00:

A few years ago I was doing a dusk dive at Vets park. As we were exiting vandenberg launched a missile to the Pacific. Tomorrow night there should be a big launch again. Even though it is "supposed" to go off about 8pm you can figure the window will be about 2 hours before and 2 hours after. if the night is clear I wonder how many nageleans will report UFO's?

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Vandenberg's SLC-6 Comes Alive With Delta IV Launch
Aviation Week & Space Technology 06/26/2006
Authors: Michael Mecham and Craig Covault

A big "piece of the puzzle" in the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program is due to fall into place this week with the inaugural launch of a Delta IV carrying the National Reconnaissance Office's NROL-22 classified payload from the refurbished Space Launch Complex 6 at Vandenberg AFB.

Liftoff along the southern California coastline is expected about 8 p.m. on June 27. The secret payload will be deployed into a highly elliptical, 690 X 23,785-mi. orbit inclined 62.4 deg. The orbit's low point is expected to be raised later.

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