Friday, February 5, 2010

Jules Verne cargo craft is filmed from a DC-8 as it explodes upon re-entry



"ESA's Jules Verne cargo craft is filmed from a DC-8 as it explodes upon re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere.

The craft broke up at a height of 47 miles whilst over the South Pacific.

The radar guided craft carried a major payload of supplies to the ISS, and was sent to it's destruction having been loaded with waste material."

Isn't the music nice?







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3 comments:

Dick said...

Very nice!

Andrew Barton said...

I wonder which bits were the bright ones. Probably the large chuncks of aluminium I guess. Also I wonder if any of the tanks made it to the surface like was claimed by the US DOD before shooting down their sat.

R2K said...

Ideally it would be designed to break up if they expect it to be disposed of so quickly. But all too often certain things, particularly tanks as you say (the perfect shape) make it through. They may be titanium or sometimes composites, either way big metal objects are almost certain to make it through.