Ride a Shuttle Booster to the Edge of Space and Back

Article written: 15 Mar , 2012
Updated: 11 Jan , 2016

We’ve posted space shuttle launch videos in the past, but this one is different. It’s a video captured from cameras on board the space shuttle’s booster engines as it blasts off. You go from launch to the point that the boosters separate from the orbiter and continue their journey back to splash down.

The video is great, and edited nicely, but the sound is amazing. It was remixed and edited by the good folks at Skywalker Sound as part of the upcoming DVD called Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle.

Thanks to Michael Interbartolo for the tip.

8 Responses

  1. Zoutsteen from Holland says

    we need a chair and some safety belts to beat this …

  2. Ted Judah says

    Zero to sixty in 4.2 seconds… Not bad. It’s faster than a Lamborghini and nearly 1300 times the mass!

  3. thanks. that was amazing. sounds were extra super wonderful.

  4. Equinoxygene says

    Amazing! One of the best movies of the year. The sound is wonderful. Thank you!

  5. This is a cool compilation (particularly with the audio), but aren’t the onboard cameras for launches usually mounted on the SRBs? I don’t think that part is anything unusual.

  6. It cleared the tower and was already doing 100 mph.
    Straight up!
    What a ride!

  7. denbo68 says

    At the end there I thought I was watching the 1968 version from Planet of the Apes (when the ship crashes in the water in the forbidden zone).

  8. I suppose the sound after SRB ignition had to be muted – the shock waves from the boosters used to set off car alarms at the press site and VAB. Any unfiltered feed from microphones on the outside of the Shuttle would have been catastrophic to the recording apparatus.

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