Eksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1333 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3325 times:
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Quoting Jan Mogren (Reply 8): What does it sound like? Must be an awesome roar I guess?
Actually the cool part is the intial firing of the engines for me. Out of the stillness, of the morning, the three engine ehausts hit the water from the noise sepression system and Poof...huge water wapor clouds bellows out...and as they grow..the shuttle starts rocking and a huge flame starts at the bottom..and grows and she climbs out and everything around her disappears into smoke and flame...AND then the Sound-a dull roar- which steadily increases hits us..Sounds like clear air thunder..My camera lens is busy trying to focus with all the vibrations. I can hear the motor clicking. People are are going crazy around me. Everyones cameras are clicking away. I am just clicking away and then she climbs and rolls-really draamatically- and before i know it she is showing the rear of her external tank and solid rocket boosters to me- and she just accelerates with a gentle arch - and then she is gone- no sound. All that remains is smoke. Lots of smoke...the wind catches it and it slowly drifts away. Man, there was sooo much smoke.
I will post the sequence of hots here so u get the idea. The sound part was impressive but the visual dynamics was definetly the coolest.... The most impressive machine in flight, i have ever shot
Below are some pictures from the hanger as she got ready to fly. enjoy.