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Old 01-21-2011, 06:19 PM
 
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Default Missile Launch? (Asheville)

Did anyone else witness the missile launch about 1:05 pm today, 1/21/11?

Does anyone know anything about this?

It went vertical for an easy 7 minutes or so. It went high enough for it to disappear from unassisted eyesight.
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:51 PM
 
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Huh? There's nothing in the paper about it. Do you have a photo?

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Old 01-21-2011, 07:56 PM
 
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No. If I was in a better position I would have taken one. I can assure you with 100% accuracy the projectile was perpendicular to the surface of the planet. This wasn't one of those "mistakes".
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:56 PM
 
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Unless it was launched by "mistake." LOL
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Old 01-22-2011, 02:25 AM
 
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I think it was California yesterday, somewhere out West, they sent up a space rocket that had a secret payload, some sort of satellite, so I suppose could be that's what you were seeing. But it's Florida, usually if we see a shuttle or something blasting out of there, occasionally you can see those way up in the sky, looks like a bright star. Since there is an airport here, they turn on lights when they land and take off, so if a plane made a bank to go back in the opposite direction, you may have seen that. But except for a few military bases in the eastern part of our state, there is no place to launch a rocket of any size. But there may be a rocket club around here that sent something up, I don't know, you could do an online search for Asheville Rocket Club or something.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:18 AM
 
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I think it was California yesterday, somewhere out West, they sent up a space rocket that had a secret payload, some sort of satellite, so I suppose could be that's what you were seeing. But it's Florida, usually if we see a shuttle or something blasting out of there, occasionally you can see those way up in the sky, looks like a bright star. Since there is an airport here, they turn on lights when they land and take off, so if a plane made a bank to go back in the opposite direction, you may have seen that. But except for a few military bases in the eastern part of our state, there is no place to launch a rocket of any size. But there may be a rocket club around here that sent something up, I don't know, you could do an online search for Asheville Rocket Club or something.
There was no moving horizontally right from its take off. It went vertical until you couldn't see it anymore. It was huge but it also wasn't small. It left a trail about like you see from the smaller jets that fly by around here. I'm 2 miles from the airport.

The only thing I can find is:

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thru January 22 - Junior Girl Scout Museum Camp-Ins: Aerospace and Science Medley - Experience a real night at the museum! Play in the dizzy tunnel. Test your vertical leap. Send balls flying through air shoots! Learn all about space. Launch a rocket, design flinkers to put in the wind tunnel, and make ice cream with liquid nitrogen!
http://www.asheville.com/cgi-bin/cal...erm=Kids/Youth

But by my best judgment, it wasn't some backyard rocket that happened to go high enough to lose sight of it. There wasn't even any of the sidewinder-type action as it took off that occurs in amateur rocket launches.
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:22 AM
 
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Jon,
Apparently some amateur launches do go pretty straight up from pictures I've seen, but what do I know? I am not an astronaut. Sooooo, guess you already know about the Amateur Rocketry Society, worldwide organization for techno wizards blasting off their missiles from permitted areas. North Carolina has several divisions, and this link's website menu will take you everywhere as relates to "launch dates," pictures, aeronautical junkies, and so forth.

Rocketry.org | The Amateur Rocketry Society of America

BUT, like you, I also could not find a launch date or place or organization in the Asheville area, so perhaps a rocketeer unassociated with regulated societies decided to blast off maybe over at Etowah where they fly remote airplanes, but probably just shot it from a big field near where you saw it. Could be UNCA has put together something, I don't know. From what I gather, Charlotte is the closest place in NC for organized rocketry, altho someone on this forum may know folks more local. You could post in the "Science" type forum here, go to the "City Data forum" link at the top of this page, scroll down to "General Forums," and you'll see it there, if no one jumps in here about it.
GG
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:58 AM
 
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Jon,
Apparently some amateur launches do go pretty straight up from pictures I've seen, but what do I know? I am not an astronaut. Sooooo, guess you already know about the Amateur Rocketry Society, worldwide organization for techno wizards blasting off their missiles from permitted areas. North Carolina has several divisions, and this link's website menu will take you everywhere as relates to "launch dates," pictures, aeronautical junkies, and so forth.

Rocketry.org | The Amateur Rocketry Society of America

BUT, like you, I also could not find a launch date or place or organization in the Asheville area, so perhaps a rocketeer unassociated with regulated societies decided to blast off maybe over at Etowah where they fly remote airplanes, but probably just shot it from a big field near where you saw it. Could be UNCA has put together something, I don't know. From what I gather, Charlotte is the closest place in NC for organized rocketry, altho someone on this forum may know folks more local. You could post in the "Science" type forum here, go to the "City Data forum" link at the top of this page, scroll down to "General Forums," and you'll see it there, if no one jumps in here about it.
GG
Thanks!
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:33 AM
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Big John // I picked up your post the 21st and have waited for OP that may have seen the same.
Where in Asheville did you see this missile ??
and in what direction were you facing ??
and how high off the horizon was it when you saw it ??
Ody
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:39 AM
 
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I saw on one of the science channel this week that the venerable F-15 can climb from take-off to 40,000 feet in only 45 seconds which is pretty much vertical climb. Unless you were really close it may have been hard to see the near earth activity before the climb began. So, it could have been a jet jock. Probably would need a refueling after such a departure.
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