Tag: liftoff

This is by far the best quality video I’ve seen of the recent Antares rocket explosion.

On June 14, SpaceX’s Grasshopper flew 325 m (1066 feet)–higher than Manhattan’s Chrysler Building–before smoothly landing back on the pad. For the first time in this test, Grasshopper made use of its full navigation sensor suite with the F9-R closed loop control flight algorithms to accomplish a precision landing. What an awesome video!

sound-suppression-water-system

I’ve always noticed that they spray a lot of water during Space Shuttle liftoffs right before the engines ignite. I’ve always wondered why they do this and it turns out there’s good reason. The water is part of the Sound Suppression Water System which, as its name suggests, suppresses the sound released by the orbiter […]

endeavour-final-launch

Photo: NASA A really, really, really big photo of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on its last liftoff ever.