Saturday, December 23, 2017

Exceptionally High Quality Home Made Video of SpaceX Iridium 4 launch 12/22/2017

The smoke rings are likely the first stage, the pulses are exhaust from the RCS (reaction control system) thrusters as it re-orients. At the point of detaching, Stage 1 is already at the edge of space, way too high for any significant aerodynamic effects.

Just spectacular. I never get tired of this stuff.


  1. There was a lot of comment across SoCal and AZ - and speculation as to the cause of the atmospheric event.

  2. I sincerely hope Jerry Brown is onboard!

  3. The Space-X Heavy launch will occur soon. Imagine THREE first stages landing simultaneously. Can't wait.

    1. I must correct this. Actually, TWO will land simultaneously, or nearly so. The third will continue the boost a while longer, and land shortly thereafter.

  4. That's what I saw when I was about to pull into my driveway, here in Carlsbad CA. Unbelievable, it looked so close! I'd have sworn it was only about a half mile away. It really did look like some kind of advanced alien technology! I couldn't figure out what it was at all- and it looked like there was a bubble following the point of light, which made it even more mysterious.

    What a sight to see! I took some pics with my phone, but somehow only got 4 sec. of video. This one here's far superior; but I'll remember that beautiful sight for as long as I live!