Update III: Yeah, I’m gonna go ahead and say it’s a contrail, which, because of an optical illusion, looks like a missile launch. It just doesn’t look right for a rocket plume, and second, how is it only the CBS chopper saw this right off the coast of Los Angeles. I’m thinking if it were a missile, people all over the place would have seen it. Think of how many people can see it when the Shuttle goes up. There’s no way this could have been a rocket launch without half the LA basin seeing it and going nuts.
Someone launches a mighty big missile right off the coast of Los Angeles, and no one seems to know who’s rocket it was!
I can’t get the video to embed, but you can see it here. What say you? Put me some knowledge. Also, any aviators want to look up NOTAMs in the area? I know that’s near PMTR, but I’ve never really looked it up.
via Gabriel Malor on twitter, bu damned if I can figure out how to link him. Sorry buddy.
Update: Rocket Scientist McKittrick puts us some knowledge.
Update II: Contrail? I dunno. Maybe. I went back and watched the tape again. It could be a single engine plane moving from South to North. There’s something about it that doesn’t look right to be a rocket plume, mainly that it isn’t moving fast enough, and doesn’t appear to be accelerating. It should be easy to review the radar tapes vs. the timestamp on the video and see if there was traffic there.