MrCrowley wrote:The solid rocket booster separation was f*cking awesome. I'm sort of glad it didn't separate from the external tank as I doubt it would have done anything but plummet straight to the earth, at least this way we can still dream it would have gone to plan.
I'm not sure about that, it rose up so beautifully, clearly they had done their homework.
The reliant didn't look too different from NASA's lifting body experiments, which went pretty well, I dare say it would have at least come to some sort of controlled crash landing.
Did you see the cut when the rocket hit the ground? I think they filmed some 1000lb bomb that was being tested at the military base that day (in the production notes for the episode) and inserted the explosion when the rocket hit the ground. Though, I don't think a 1000lb bomb makes a large fireball...
It does generate quite a bit of a fireball, but I'm sure the Reliant impact was just as impressive.
Liquid burning rockets tend to blow up pretty impressively anyway though I'm not sure if this one had a warhead. Love the Werner Von Braun "I Aim For The Stars - but I keep hitting London" comment
I love James' (and the rocket guys) reaction, reminded me a bit of spudgunning.
The WIN! part, yes. But when you see their faces when it fails to separate, they are genuinely distressed. There was none of that Mythbusters who-cares-we-still-got-a-good-explosion-out-of-it attitude, and one cannot help but share that feeling.