Octoplume by lazaruslong

Octoplume

lazaruslong

16 January 2014 at 00:23:01 MST

"Octoplume", noun: The plume of hot exhaust gases exiting rocket engines on the new Falcon 9 v1.1 being flown by SpaceX.

Because SpaceX's own engines, the Merlin 1D, burn such a "dirty" combination of liquid oxygen (LOX) and highly refined kerosene (RP-1), the plume from the engines was seen much much longer than the Atlas V or Delta IV's we are used to seeing. This made tracking her progress downrange much easier.

CASSIOPE Launch
September 29th, 2013
Vandenberg AFB
First Falcon 9 v1.1 Flight

Shot on a Canon T2i with a Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3

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