Experience the excitement of the space shuttles' rise to orbit. Launch: Maximum Thrust simultaneously shows up to five camera angles of the ascent from main engine ignition through Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) separation. This version features crew communications over the orbiter's intercom system. Other formats are also available:
Higher bitrate copies of these videos are available for viewing and download at Internet Archive: archive.org/details/launch-maxt.
Video footage was recorded by NASA engineering and television cameras. Motion stabilization of long range shots provides stunning close-up views of the spacecraft in flight. Audio was taken from multiple shuttle launches. Microphones positioned near the launch pad and aboard the orbiter captured the roar of the engines firing, the rush of air as the shuttle accelerates, and the explosive boom of SRB separation. The soundtrack also includes communications among the shuttle astronauts during the ascent.
The opening provides a slow motion view of the space shuttle ignition sequence. At T-0 an explosive charge releases the SRB hold down posts from the Mobile Launcher Platform. The rockets are ignited and liftoff occurs.
Launch: Maximum Thrust was developed in conjunction with Launch: All Systems Go -- a similar movie presented in multiple formats:
- Main Sequence: vimeo.com/profitic/launch-asg-30
- With Subtitles: vimeo.com/profitic/launch-asg-ce-30
- Split Screen: vimeo.com/profitic/launch-asg-ss
- Tech Edition: vimeo.com/profitic/launch-asg-te
Please also refer to the high energy trailer: vimeo.com/profitic/launch-trailer
Produced and edited by Ivan Myles. Footage provided by NASA courtesy of NASASpaceFlight.com, SpaceFlightNowPlus.com, Internet Archive, and YouTube.com.
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