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Liftoff: Success and Failure on the Launch Pad


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DISC 1

"Thor - The IRBM" - Air Force documentary detailing the development of the Thor IRBM. Excellent transfer, containing good overview of the Thor program. Includes successes - and some failures.

"SAC" - Air Force documentary documenting the Strategic Air Command missile force. Excellent quality transfer. Very interesting historical footage.

"Vandenburg" - Air Force documentary on the activiation of the Vandenburg base as a primary missile center. Again, an excellent transfer.

"The X-17" - Air Force documentary on the X-17 vehicle, used for testing re-entry materials and structures.

GODDARD

Extensive footage of the work of Robert H. Goddard, creator of the first liquid fueled rocket. Contains material from his early work in Massachusets, as well as later, more developed work in New Mexico. Audio commentary by Spacecraft Films' producer Mark Gray.

VENGEANCE

V-1 - Silent track of German film (with translated on-screen text) demonstrating the parts and first flights of the V-1.

V-2 Germany - Captured German film (color) showing test launchings of the A-4/V-2 rocket during World War II. Includes footage of Himmler's visit (and the destruction of his airplane by an errant V-2) along with successful and failed V-2 launchings. Some of the film shows Wernher Von Braun.

V-2 White Sands - Footage of the captured V-2 testing after World War II at White Sands, NM, including a unique film "tour" of the workings of an A-4/V-2. Audio commentary by Propulsion Engineer Dave Mohr.

Footage of the failure of the first U.S. satellite attempt on the Vanguard rocket. Audio commentary by Propulsion Engineer Dave Mohr.

DISC 2

EARLY YEARS

Explorer I - Footage of the preparation and launch of the first U.S. satellite, Explorer I. Audio commentary by Propulsion Engineer Dave Mohr.

Vanguard - Even though it started in failure, the Vanguard program was an advanced vehicle, as seen here through footage of later launches. Audio commentary by Propulsion Engineer Dave Mohr.

Pioneer 2 - Footage of the preparation and launch of the Pioneer 2 probe aboard a Thor-Able launch vehicle. The probe was a failure due to a third stage problem. Audio commentary by Spacecraft Films' producer Mark Gray.

Juno II - Famous footage, from multiple angles, of the launch and destruction of a Juno II. Audio commentary by Dave Mohr.

Juno II Success - Footage of successful Juno II launches. Audio commentary by Dave Mohr.

SOUNDING

Aerobee - Short footage of Aerobee rockets at White Sands. Audio commentary by Dave Mohr.

Wallops - Footage of various launches from the Wallops Island range. Audio commentary by Dave Mohr.

ATLAS

Atlas ICBM - Several launches, albiet unsuccessful (spectacularly so!) of early Atlas development. Audio commentary by Dave Mohr.

Atlas Able - A static firing gone bad with an Atlas-Able rocket. Several views. Audio commentary by Dave Mohr.

Atlas-Centaur-1 - Gets off the pad, explodes shortly thereafter. Audio commentary by Dave Mohr.

Atlas-Centaur-5 - One of the biggest "blow-ups" in history, this vehicle lifted off the pad, fell back and exploded. Audio commentary by Dave Mohr.

TITAN AND DELTA

Titan I - In silo and above ground launches of a the Titan I. Includes several views of an unsuccessful launch. Audio commentary by Dave Mohr.

Titan II - Several launches including some from the Gemini project. Audio commentary by Dave Mohr.

Titan IIIC - Launch of a Titan IIC vehicle. Audio commentary by Dave Mohr.

Viking to Mars - Launches of both Viking 1 and Viking 2 on a Titan IIIe. Audio commentary by Dave Mohr.

Delta - Early and mid-life Delta launches. Audio commentary by Dave Mohr.

MAJOR POWER

Saturn I - Select launches of the Saturn I vehicle.

Saturn IB - Select launches from the Saturn IB program.

Saturn V - Select launches and pad cameras of the Saturn V.

STS-1 - Footage from the launch of STS-1, including pad cameras, onboard cameras from cockpit, SRB separation and external tank separation.

Product Reviews

(8 Ratings, 2 Reviews) Average Rating:
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Excellent collection of a variety of launchers
Jason Livingston (Mesa, AZ) 7/27/2013 11:54 PM
This DVD is the must have for any space program follower and an excellent first DVD if you just found this site. For the very inexpensive price you get a wide variety of hardly seen German rockets, the early American attempts and some later launches ending with STS 1. While some footage that Spacecraft Films produces includes -all- the footage, unless you want to see the entire rocket cam view, it's not always for everyone. This collection is like a "best of" and is a great compromise between showing the entire launch and keeping it entertaining. If you only buy one DVD here, (and I hope you give some others a try) this one is the one.
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Great Stuff
Robert Andrepont (Opelousas, LA) 3/6/2013 9:33 PM
There is footage on this set-Goddard, German tests, USAF documentaries-that you will probably never see anywhere else. And if you like big explosions...very big explosions...
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