Re: the match is on...

From: Doug Jones (
Date: Fri Jul 07 2000 - 23:09:47 MDT

Spike Jones wrote:
> Spike Jones wrote:
> > That test launch of the NMD should be going off right about.... now.
> >
> >
> The target is in the air. So far its tied, red team 1, blue team 1.
> Intercept in about 12 minutes. Stay tuned... spike

And it was quite a sight to see going up, too! The exhaust cloud at high
altitude was about 20 degrees wide seen from 200 km range, so it was
over 60 km across... when the vehicle pitched over to the west and the
plume pointed right at us, it became almost as bright as the crescent
moon. The most brilliant launch I've seen yet- even after burnout a
blue-green ionized patch persisted for several minutes. Quite the

I'm scouring the news sources to hear about the intercept.

Doug Jones
Rocket Plumber, XCOR Aerospace

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