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SpaceX Falcon 9 Iridium 4 Launch 12/22/2017
   Jim Mudgett
  Published: 4 weeks ago

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Falcon 9/Iridium 4 Launch on 12/22/17.

Shot handheld from my driveway with a Canon Vixia HF G20.

I heard about the scheduled launch 30 minutes prior and pulled up the SpaceX webcast on my laptop a few minutes before.

At T minus a few minutes I decided on a whim to grab the camera. Didn't think to turn auto-focus off (oops).

We're approximately 100 miles SE as the crow flies from Vandenberg. Local sunset was approximately 40 minutes before launch, making for spectacular lighting conditions.

My video starts around T + 1:31 at which point the Falcon 9 is going approx. 2145 Km/h and is at an altitude of 19Km.

At 40 Seconds into my video where the Falcon 9 crosses the contrail of a passing plane, the Falcon 9 is going approximately 5,000 Km/h and is at an altitude of 47Km....WELL above the passing plane that is probably at an altitude range of 5-10Km.

Mission info can be found here:

http://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/iridium4presskit.pdf
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3 days ago
What happen when the cloud makes bigger???


1 week ago
Great catch Jim, thank for sharing.


1 week ago
@1:30 Looks like the necromonger spaceships from Chronicles of Riddick.


1 week ago
Can anyone tell why they lunch a rocket....?


1 week ago
That's a pretty good camera you shot this with. Very sharp and detailed and hardly any background noise at all!


2 weeks ago
I don't if this good or bad?
Footage is amazing!


2 weeks ago
Space is only 70 miles away


2 weeks ago
what camera you was using...I like to buy one too..😁


2 weeks ago
I know each step of falcon9 but still cant understand what I see..
Like the multiple rings from stage1 thursters that looks almost like it was out of control, then the 2 points that are left behind some time after stage 1 separation.. I imagine that those where the farings.. but not sure, or why in the stage separation the gas trail expand so much from one moment to the next (i know that atmosphere pressure contributes, but no from one second to the next).
So.. can someone explain in details?


2 weeks ago
Saw this at my bus stop we thought aliens were here😂


2 weeks ago
Was it flying near a plane at 0:35


2 weeks ago
Awesome


3 weeks ago
ฉันก็อยู่ในเหตุการณ์ครั้งนี้เช่นกันเมื่อวันที่ 22/12/2017 มันแปลกมากๆ มีแสงไฟสว่างเหมือนแสงรถยนต์ ขยับไปมาได้
และยังมีเครื่องบินแปลกๆ บินต่ำมากๆ
มันแปลกดีนะ วันนั้นฉันไม่ได้นอนพักผ่อนเลย มันเยี่ยมฉันชอบมัน ^^ 🚀🌠🌛👽👾


3 weeks ago
Great video!
0:37 coming into sunlight
0:51 first stage engine cutoff
1:01 second stage engine starts
1:07 first stage reignites - boost-back burn
1:22 first stage clearly visible - correction maneuvers
1:45 payload fairing ("heat shield") visible


3 weeks ago
I saw it in real life in L.A.


3 weeks ago
Flying whale.


3 weeks ago
So beautiful magic. ..Thanks for video


3 weeks ago
красиво


3 weeks ago
HUMANS GOING WARP DRIVE😂😂😂😅😅😅


3 weeks ago
i wanna see what the flat earth people say about this lol. I could use a good laugh


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