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Shuttle Endeavor - 550 Fps - Shine on you crazy diamond

Multi-angle high speed footage. Pay attention to the nozzle (Main Engine #1) @ 1:50. That's a seven inch wall thickness being stressed under 400,000lbf of thrust, exhaust velocity of around 4000 meters per second.

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Added: Jun-1-2011 Occurred On: Jun-1-2011
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Tags: STS, endeavor, high speed camera, shine on you crazy diamond
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  • Thanks for calming my nerves @ 3 somthin AM double bang bang. It's kind of sad in a way because it will be the last time I ever hear it again from that Endeavour...

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  • Really nice;c)

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  • Very cool indeed, that is some power right there :) Engineering at its finest. With over a million moving parts, and the forces being exerted on it, it's amazing that only two have blown up really. I wonder if they are working on something more reliable, and not as expensive to run, like a new family of shuttles? Or are they switching to rockets, like those planned for the new moon mission...

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  • Awesome vid!

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  • Haha wow. Flexing like a cheap hoola hoop.

    Well, and if you think about what it looks like when its taking off -- this tiny ship followed by a flame that is something like 10x its size if not more. HOW does it stay intact? HOW does it not burn up?? HOW do the pilots not get cooked sitting on top of the most massive of human generated flames?? Its an engineering marvel and to me, always a shock that it makes into orbit in one piece. I ALWAYS expect it to blow sky high and have only seen it More..

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  • Impressive.

    Thanks for the vid.

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  • I'm always amazed that pumping 1300 litres of liquid oxygen and hydrogen into the combustion chamber leads to such a stable combustion process. The diamonds on each engine are identical, I'd have thought chaos would have taken hold and it would have simply destroyed itself. Well, maybe it would if I'd have designed it ;)

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  • Where do you get the 7" wall thickness from?

    Very nice vid, but I don't think that figure is correct.

    I had dinner in Houston one evening with a guy who worked for NASA on those engines. Soft shelled crab.

    I asked him what he was aiming to do in his career. He said he was going back to college to do more nuclear stuff.

    Hmm...

    I shut up and concentrated on the soft shelled crab after that.
    I know my place.

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    • @ommadawn There is a flange along the bottom that serves a dual purpose. One is to provide structural support and another is to alter the exhaust flow to decrease internal pressures, otherwise it would shake itself apart. That flange along the bottom is roughly 170mm from edge to edge. The thickness of the engine bell itself is closer to 70mm.

      via Rocketdyne schematics.

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    • @saturn5

      Thank you, never knew that.

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  • Another nice up saturn5!

    I regret never making it to Florida to see a Shuttle launch. I live near Vandenberg AFB in California which was supposed to be home to the Air Force Space Shuttle program launching from SLC-6 (Slick-6) launch complex. Unfortunately the program was cancelled due to many factors including the loss of the Challenger and mounting budget overruns.

    I still get to witness some awesome launches of Delta, Titan and Minuteman missiles but they really can't hold a rocket to a Sh More..

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  • Thirsty bitch innit

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  • Why don't they just use a monstrous slingshot to launch it?

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  • Another awesome vid! Thanks for posting.

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