Rockets are hard to record. They’re loud, Earth-shaking, and very, very bright. Not ideal conditions for sensitive recording equipment.
To capture a plume in all its explosive awesomeness, NASA developed the High Dynamic Range Stereo X (HiDyRS-X) camera. The space agency recently took its new toy on a test run, recording Orbital ATK’s QM-2 solid rocket booster. And, holy crap, is it glorious!
This is the final booster test before the Space Launch System rocket takes its first test flight in 2018. When completed, SLS will be the most powerful rocket in the world, as the first exploration-class vehicle to complete design review in almost 40 years. It’ll be our ride to deep space, and eventually, Mars.
Queue up your favorite dubstep/concerto/opera/heavy metal song, and let the test video rip: