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Bobrogg

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Hi all,
Well I find myself at the equator one again. We are getting ready to start the L-72 hour clock for a June 28th launch of Telstar 18, so if you are interested in seeing a live web cast of the launch check out www.sea-launch.com web site for more information. Currently the launch is scheduled for 20:58:00 PST on the 28th. (03:58:00 June 29th GMT). Wish us luck!
 

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far out!
(way far!)
good luck!!!!!!!!
 

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L-40 hrs and counting, everything is looking good.
 

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Ok, I'm pretty bad at converting the time...so what time would this be EST?

Thanx,
Jason
 

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I assume you want EDT (not EST)

3 hours difference between West Coast and East Coast.

20:58:00 PDT June 28th - 3 hours = 17:58:00 EDT which is 5:58PM.

HTH, --Lance.
 

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EDT? WTH is that?! I'm talking about Eastern Standard Time...

Jasonq
 

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Eastern Daylight Time... unless you live in one of those weird states that doesn't observe daylight savings!

I think you have the conversion backwards, Lance... out here in CA we always see the NYC New Years' celebration at 9:00. For this launch, 20:58:00 PDT is equal to 23:58:00 EDT.
 

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Thanks all,
We put a lot of work into this launch and we are very happy things worked out. I'm tired and heading for bed.
 

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Thought you all would like to see the lift-off photo.
 

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Other than the cool factor, what's the benefit of launching from the water?
 

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By launching at the equator the rocket gets a 1000 mph boost from the rotation of the earth, which means you can use a smaller rocket to lift a larger payload into orbit. Also, by launching in the middle of the ocean we avoid shipping, aircraft, and land hazards that NASA and others have to contend with.
 

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For those who missed the live broadcast of the launch and still would like to see it, you can go to www.sea-launch.com under current mission (TEL-18) to the launch coverage icon to view the archived mission webcast. Take a look and enjoy!
 

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