Thursday, August 2, 2012
Vandenberg Launch 0027 Friday 3 August
The launch of the NROL-36 payload (a spy satellite) was delayed 1 day. This means it will be launched Thursday night/Friday morning at 12:27 a.m. I've seen a launch from just outside Vandenberg but I want to see if it's visible from San Diego - it's 230 air miles but it should be, since these launches are usually visible from San Francisco which is further. Vandenberg launch schedule here. Beware sudden-onset fog at the coast! If this hadn't been delayed, I would have missed it last night for exactly that reason.
Atlas V launch from Cape Canaveral earlier in 2012.
Skip to 2m20s for the liftoff.