updated: Dec 05, 2013, 1:33 PM
Source: Launch Alert
Although the weather forecast does not look promising, tonight's Atlas V launch from Vandenberg AFB appears to be on schedule for 11:13 p.m. PST.
In addition to seeing the launch, Ventura County and Malibu residents may hear a sonic boom several minutes after liftoff. This happened following the 2011 April 14 Atlas V night launch from Vandenberg. As an experiment, I may place a pro-quality microphone near an open window and use my audio software to start an all-night recording before I turn in.
Here is updated info from Vandenberg AFB regarding the satellite feed for the launch:
ALL TIMES PACIFIC STANDARD TIME
LAUNCH - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2013
BARS AND TONE - 10:15 P.M.
PROGRAM START - 10:53 P.M.
Transmission FOR digital HIGH definiton
BAND: C-Band HD
ORBITAL POSITION: 103 degrees west
HD BANDWIDTH: 18 MHz
DOWNLINK FREQ: 4171 MHz (Horizontal Vertical)
SYMBOL RATE: 13
DATA RATE: 17.9705
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