Sunday, February 18, 2007

More on the Top Gear Shuttle project

I may have posted on it first, but Rocketry Planet has dug up videos on YouTube. I have embedded them below. The launch video is great, with an awesome boost phase and one heck of a prang. The ensuing fireball (***) makes me wonder if think they added some pyro effects just to spice up the show. It would have been cool to see what happened if the 'orbiter' separated from the main tank.

(***) I have been contacted publicly and privately that, as evidenced by the lack of charring on the wreckage, the fireball "may" have not been at the same location as the impact :) I didn't notice said lack of charring in the clip, but should have realized that this would have been the logical assumption - and a whole lot safer than having pyro charges in the Shuttle! The people who put her up are very experienced, accomplished rocketeers after all.

Major update! The Rocketry Blog has dug up a link to the full-length video! Watch the 21 minute video here.


  1. the explosion as you can guess what artistic license by the Tv company, you can tell this by the fact that none of the debri they show at the end has any charring, oh and that there was not enough burny fuel when it crashed to produce anything like that.

    But i'm sure most folks know what TV work is like :)

  2. Yea, it would be fun to see another attempt, but I haven't heard anything either way. My guess is no. If I hear anything, I'll surely post on it.


  3. That video is just incredible, how the f*ck did they ever get around building something that actually works that well - They ARE amazing fellows!


  4. The BBC are not a 'TV Company'. They are a state-owned broadcasting *corporation* (Hence "British Broadcasting Corporation"). It seems unlikely that increasing the size of the fireball (and thus misleading the public with their own cash) would be permitted under the BBC Charter.

  5. Top Gear are also broadcast on Dave, BBC America, and a number of other television channels around the world. The popularity of the show has led to the creation of two international versions, with local production teams and presenters, for Australia and the United States.