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    This is completely not laser related, however I though it was very neat to watch! Ever wonder what happens to the solid rocket booster after it is ejected from the shuttle?

    http://mfile.akamai.com/18566/wmv/et...srb_camera.asx

    Video is about 12 minutes. Amazing how it goes from sitting on a launch pad in Florida, to space, and then down to the Indian Ocean, in less than 12 minutes....

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    Hmmm, How in the world does the camera survive that kind of heat on reentry??? Is this a real video? or computer simulation?
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    link does not work..

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    All I can see is a series of still images, and a very slow sequencing at that. Is it supposed to be that way? :?: .

    As for the reentry, I'm under the impression the SRB do not go through a reentry. They separate from the orbiter about 8 mins after lift off and follow a ballistic trajectory afterwards, reaching an altitude of around 220.000 ft. Not much altitude nor speed to burn in the atmosphere, I think.

    Also, they are recovered in the atlantic about 120 miles from KSC.

    But, it's still amazing, 8 mins to reach altitude, 4 mins for free falling and many months for preparations for the next flight :roll:
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    Jkaiser3000;

    Not to pick nits, but your times are a little off...

    The solid rocket boosters separate from the space shuttle at T+2 minutes, 5 seconds, at an altitude of around 150,000 feet. They continue to coast upward, however, and reach a maximum hight of 220,000 feet. They splash down in the Atlantic ocean 4 minutes and 55 seconds after they separate from the shuttle. Note that this is T+ 7 minutes into the launch, which means the shuttles main engines are still burning and the shuttle is still accelerating when the boosters splash down.

    Main Engine Cut-off (MECO) is at T+ 8 minutes (give or take a few seconds).

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    Ok, I stand corrected . At least I had the maximum altitud correct :lol: .

    nevertheless, I'm still amazed at that piece of machinery. I wish I could fly that thing one day. Oh well, I'm allowed to dream, right? :roll:
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    Yeah - I'd love to take a ride in the shuttle myself. Alas, that won't ever happen!

    I admit It's quite the machine though... The turbo pumps on the main engines can empty a swimming pool in under 30 seconds! 400,000 pounds of thrust from an engine that isn't any taller than I am. (Well, if you exclude the nozzle, that is...)

    Too bad it's so damn expensive to operate.

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    Wow, not sure why I wrote Indian ocean. I can remember doing it, it was very early in the morning and I was only half awake. I do remember typing Idian ocean and for at least two full minutes I was trying to figure out why it didn't look right! Then realized I forgot to add the letter N. I didn't even come to mind that that was not the right ocean all together. Oh well, thanks for the correction!

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