Shuttle Launch?

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  1. flyingron

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    I thought they were all parked at museums.


    Shuttle Launch - Titusville, FL
    Notice Number: NOTC1558



    November 14-17, 2020
    Titusville, FL
    R2932 - SFC-4,999 FT AGL

    Specific instructions and restrictions are available at http://tfr.faa.gov once the NOTAM has been issued.
    *Depicted TFR data may not be a complete listing. Pilots should not use the information on this website for flight planning purposes. For the latest information, call your local Flight Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF.
     
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    In the space business that's what they call a low orbit.
     
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    Yep Crew-1 launches Sat around 7p. Tempting to fly down to watch it, TIX is a great airport.
     
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    I might go if I could be guaranteed not to have to listen to them tell me the name of the booster recovery ship again.

    I managed to get down to see the next-to-last mission of Discovery. It was originally a day launch but got delayed to just before dawn (which also gave you a sighting of the ISS going overhead as you waited out the count down). It was spectacular.

    My, wife was given, on her retirement from Air and Space, a small flag that flew on an earlier Discovery flight. I looked that one up. Years ago I had been in Anaheim for the WSFS convention and since the shuttle was landing at Edwards a few days later, I stayed with my old college roommate who lived out there and we drove up to watch the landing. It was the mission Margy's flag flew on.
     
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    There's a Presidential TFR for this launch. TIX will be in the inner ring.
     
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    I keep kicking myself for not getting down to see a shuttle launch. My boys are just old enough now where they would probably appreciate seeing a launch. Is it possible to fly in (GA) and see a launch without too much hassle?
     
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    We didn't have any problem getting tickets to the launch and we even wrangled VIP area seats (you can usually get these by writing your congressman). But even if you don't get on KSC property, the pad complex sticks out into the ocean, so you can sit on the beach just south of there and get a pretty good view. We could clearly makeout the shuttle sitting on the pad down near where we were staying.
     
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    Had to look that up.

    Are you thinking of "Of Course I Still Love You"? or "Just Read the Instructions?"
     
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    The former. I watched the CrewDragon mission live stream and they kept mentioning that name (and yes, I know where it comes from, but it's still stupid).
     
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    Why do I have the feeling a badly written database or web interface is involved with labeling this a “Shuttle Launch”?

    Hey it’s time to put out the TFR... ohhhh... there’s no drop down on this stupid web form for this new spacecraft... guess I’ll click “Shuttle”. LOL.
     
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    Yep, plane is annual so I’d have to commercial flight it. Rough life for sure. Pretty exciting to see space flights from the US again.
     
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    Just use the standard S stroke 1798 and write in "Pizza" where it says "Machine Gun".
     
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    As a DOD dependent fresh out of high school, I got an invite to attend a space shuttle landing at Edwards once. It was pretty packed with vehicles and you had to show up hours prior to get a place to park on the desert floor. I wasn't particularly close to the action, but I saw the shuttle approach overhead and land. It was pretty cool. I probably wouldn't put up with the traffic and two hour crawl to get off the desert and on to a road headed home today, but it was one of those once in a lifetime things that will stick in my mind.

    Oh, the Challenger disaster. I remember it clearly. I was inprocessing for my next assignment at the First Cavalry Division in Ft. Hood when that aired on the TV in the lobby.
     
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    When I first moved to Daytona Beach in 1997 there was a night launch of a space shuttle. I don't even remember which one. We stood on the beach (80 miles north of Canaveral) watching and waiting. Everytime we saw any movement in the sky we asked "is that it"; is that it; is that it? but it was always something normal, like a star flickering behind a cloud, or a little single engine airplane or maybe even a bird flying with the moonlight reflecting. After a few minutes though,

    W O W !

    The whole sky lit up a bright orange! THAT WAS IT! We watched it soar into the sky and out of sight. It was truly one of the most amazing sights I have ever witnessed. I will be on the beach again on Saturday night hoping to see something that anywhere near approaches that night shuttle launch.

    I'll drink a double to that!
     
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    Years ago during SunNFun, they did a shuttle launch...we drove down and watched from the Space Center Museum area about 2 miles from the launch pad. We could have been closer if we had requested tickets a couple weeks earlier.
     
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    I was working nights at the Army Ballistic Research Lab and during the day I slept at the local Volunteer Fire Department in case they banged out a paramedic call in the middle of the day (most of our members had day jobs). My driver woke me up, I thought we had a call, but he said "The space shuttle just blew up." Spent the rest of the day stuck to the TV.

    Years later Margy and I were trailering the Navion out to the restoration shop after my first engine failure. We were eating breakfast at the Iowa80 truck stop and caught the Columbia disaster there.
     
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    I got to watch a shuttle landing at Edwards when I was a teenager. My cousin’s husband was an Air Force flight test engineer, and he got us out on the flight line to watch the landing. As I remember, we were about a mile from the runway. Very cool to watch!

    Right before the landing, he gave us a tour of an F-15C and showed us cruise missiles under the wing of a B-52. Why all that didn’t motivate me to be a good student and become a military pilot is the biggest swing-and-a-miss of my life.
     
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    Senior year in HS, spring of '94. Band trip to Orlando and a 4 day cruise to the Bahamas. Stayed up all night the last night of the cruise on the deck with my previous girlfriend (we both had current SO's back home) to watch the shuttle land as we were pulling back into the port at Cape Canaveral. We heard the sonic booms and saw the silhouette of the shuttle against the dawn sky. It was really awesome.