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P3PPY SuperDork
2/22/24 10:11 a.m.

No such luck for me. We'll have to see about the Saturday launch. 

And here's an FYI to those of us from states without toll roads: when visiting a state WITH tolls, you can buy a $5 Sun Pass automatic toll sensor before going to the car rental place. Otherwise, some rental agencies will charge you $12 PER DAY for the convenience of borrowing theirs -- PLUS your tolls >:(

Now you know. 

P3PPY SuperDork
2/26/24 9:53 a.m.

We went to the Space View Park in Titusville on Saturday for the launch of a host of Starlink satellites. There were a bunch of people there, a lot of stories to share, and dolphins and manatees showed up, too.

 Apparently due to high winds (for the retrieval of the booster, I'm told) they delayed and delayed it and then pushed it back until Sunday afternoon. We had a very disappointed car full heading back. 

On Sunday we were at our resort in Orlando and weren't driving back the 1.5+ hours with kids for another *possible* launch, so we found a wide open parking lot and faced East. As we were heading to our viewing spot we saw a couple standing there staring East. My wife called it-- turns out they were there to see it too. It was fun to have company for the show, the couple there was knowledgeable about how it would go and the guy played the video while I aimed my camera at the sky. About 30 seconds in, my oldest spotted it and we saw it blaze through the sky. SO COOL. That white dash in the upper right is the flame


Funny thing, afterward my kids were just bewildered at all the people going about their day, oblivious to it. Haha, I get it :)

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
2/26/24 10:15 a.m.

About that flight - due to some performance improvements, it was the heaviest payload launched on a Falcon 9. 17.5 tons, including one more satellite than previous Florida Starlink launches. So that's cool.

 I think it was the 13th flight for that booster.

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