Take a look at this amazing video shot from the cameras located on the solid rocket boosters on space shuttle Endeavour’s recent launch. The fact it was a night launch really highlights all the flames and sparking. Most interesting, however, is that during the first two and a half minutes of acsent while the SRB’s are attached, the leading edges of the shuttle’s wings are fully visible. I know hindsight is 20/20, but if these cameras had only been in place for Columbia’s last launch….
But we’re learning from experience. These cameras not only give engineers good information and views of the shuttle’s thermal protection system, but they provide some spectacular footage for us all to enjoy.
Video Source: Reel NASA