United Launch Alliance launch of a Delta IV M+(4,2) Rocket

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This morning, four of us left at 0650 to ride to Titusville to watch the launch. We were at our usual spot on US1 along the Indian River.We arrived at 0800 and the launch window opened at 0901, The rocket launched at 0906. We could see the rocket fpr about 2 minutes and 30 seconds, I could not get decent pics because the camera was looking right into the rising sun. Therefore I am pasting a ULA video on Youtube. This is a long detailed video. If you have ever wondered what is involved in a launch, this video will explain it.

There are built in holds to a launch. The final hold was a T -4:00. You can skip ahead to 19:00 minutes of the video and see the final checks and the resumption of the count down. The actual ignition and lift off begins at 26:00. It took almost 2 minutes for the sound to reach us. We could feel the vibration.

After the launch we had a delicious breakfast at the Village Inn. We can't do a ride and not eat!! It was a 96 mile ride.

United Launch Alliance is scheduled to launch a Delta IV M+(4,2) rocket as part of the GPS III SV02 "Magellan" mission. The launch window for the Navigation mission is on Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019, 9:00 AM EDT from Space Launch Complex 37B, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch is Green with a 80% chance for favorable weather conditions. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Delta IV M+(4,2) and experience the excitement for yourself.
Four other bikers joined us. They were riding two up/
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Beautiful morning
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View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AgiyxDoXtE
 

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Soon we will be calling you "Rocket Man" BGRIN
 

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I never tire of watching a launch. They are never alike; each one is unique. And all are spectacular. I have seen successes and failures. I witnessed the Challenger disaster as it blew apart. I saw the Apollo 11 launch. Yes, I am hooked! BGRIN
 

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It must have been horrible to witness Challenger blowing up.
I saw it later on TV, but knew what was coming. Even so, it was horrible to watch.
 

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It must have been horrible to witness Challenger blowing up.
I saw it later on TV, but knew what was coming. Even so, it was horrible to watch.
I was at the Florida National Guard headquarters in St Augustine. We were watching the count down on TV. We walked out to the tarmac to watch the launch. St Augustine is about 100 miles north of Cape Canaveral; but one can plainly see the launch after lift off. We watched the Challenger climb and then watched as the contrail broke into several pieces. A soldier standing next to me said"Look! It's staging!" I replied "No, it is not staging. The shuttle doesn't stage like that. Something is wrong." With shock and heavy hearts we watched as the contrail quit rising and large parts fell toward earth.
 

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