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Saturday, December 16, 2006

VA Spaceport Scores 1st Minotaur Launch

The FAA-AST commercial licensed Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport was all "GO" [video] Saturday morning as the Minotaur 1 roared through the dawn sky over the Eastern Shore with an on-time and picture perfect lift-off. The launch marked the first flight from the commercial launch pad operated by the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority. Congratulations Dr. Billie Reed! [See Slide Show] The launch was sighted as far away as Norton, Va. over 400-miles west of Wallops Island this morning.


Robert Gurney said...

Comment was this was seen from 400 miles away. I have pictures from Rootstown, Ohio (between Youngstown and Akron) of what we thought was a meteor, but as it turns out may have been this rocket launch. Awesome sight nonetheless!

JackKennedy said...

It would be great if you could share the picture Robert.

Darnell Clayton said...

Godspeed! I wish I could have been there to see it. :-(

Perhaps I should consider moving to Virginia, or any other space port friendly state.

Thanks Jack for posting this!