A guy records a Soyuz launch from an insanely close distance!
** Funny story about Soyuz launches.
So, NASA invested millions of dollars and used their best of the engineers to create a water based sound and heat dampening system, so that vibrations during the launch did not affect the rocket.
So, Russians weren't so keen to do so because of massive costs, so when they were launching their first rocket someone asked what are you doing to curb the vibrations? And they replied, "We dug a big hole".
That's what you see beneath the rocket.
@stux looks like the Soviets already knew about Taco Bell Programming
@punky C'est vrais, et du coup le gros de l'ingénierie du pas de tir repose dans le fait qu'il est capable de maintenir la fusée entièrement suspendue au dessus de ce grand trou (poid de la fusée + carburant et tout) et de pouvoir faire tourner tout sa pour aligner les fusées sur l'axe de leur orbite car elles pouvais pas corriger cette partie de trajectoire par elle même jusqu'à assez récemment
I feel like its so half assed that you take one look at it and think "yah they really dont give a fuck about keeping me safe if I insist on being an idiot and getting too close, I better not cross that"
@stux That description of "insanely close" is actually very accurate
If for any reason it goes wrong, it will go horribly wrong and he has no place to hide
Also, the Soyuz first stage is RP-1 and liquid oxygen. Although it's "cleaner" than hypergolic fuels, it's not exactly fun stuff to breath in
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