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Arex I-X Launch to Landing Video

Most of the videos of the Ares I-X launch were shot from the ground and only show the launch until separation of the two segments. After hearing that the booster portion has sustained some damage on splashdown in the ocean due to a parachute malfunction, I was curious to see the rest of the flight.

Luckily, NASA also had a chase plane flying at 12,000 feet which captured the entire launch on video. You can see the first couple seconds of flight all the way through max Q, flameout, separation, parachutes and splashdown. It really is a nice way to show the entire test flight without having to switch between so many different cameras.

(Yes, we've been fairly Ares I-X news-heavy over the past week, I think this is the last bit of news for a while) ]