Ride a Shuttle Booster to the Edge of Space and Back

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 Replies to “Ride a Shuttle Booster to the Edge of Space and Back”

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. 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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