I drove our Sportsmobile from Massachusetts down to Florida for the most recent Falcon Heavy launch. I arrived ahead of the scheduled Sunday launch so that I had time to tour Kennedy Space Center.
The launch was delayed and rescheduled to Tuesday and then Wednesday due to weather. On Wednesday morning I drove to Playalinda Beach, just North of the launch site, and arrived before the gate opened at 6am to ensure that I was able to park in parking lot #1, closest to the launch site.
I enjoyed a day at the beach and giving tours of the Sportsmobile to curious beach goers. Unfortunately, the launch was canceled that Wednesday due to wind sheer in the upper atmosphere.
I did the whole thing over again on Thursday, parking in very nearly the same spot I had occupied on Wednesday. It was sorta like the movie Groundhog Day as events pretty much ran as they had on Wednesday. I even got to hang out with some of the fellow launch viewers and beach goers I had met the previous day.
Around 635pm, the Falcon Heavy carrying Arabsat 6A lifted off. Along with photos taken with my dSLR and long lens I captured the launch on a GoPro set up behind my Sportsmobile.
The rocket lifts off from just behind my van and appears small due to the distance and wide angle lens of the GoPro, but I wanted to capture a "you are there" scene with my Sportsmobile. Turn up the volume to enjoy the amazing sound of 27 Merlin engines.