Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Ares 1-X flight seen from 12,000 feet.

Here is a good video of the whole Ares 1-X flight from launch until splash. It was taken from a Cessna about 10 miles from the launch pad, at about 12,000 feet. Camera mounted outside the plane.
Easy to see the booster is the heavy part since the "dummy" payload just kind of floats around while the booster falls away. Look for the shockwave just before the chute comes out (at around 4:00) - then one of the chutes failed and it hit the water hard probably causing the dent in the booster that was found.

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