I've been interested in space life for a while, most particularly on the concepts and on how things worked when talking about rocketry. I may branch off a little on this topic, but hopefully it'll make sense in the end.
Last week I was doing a lot of searches for articles and such on how spacecrafts worked, what they were like, etc. The only problem with this is that many of the information I find is visual, hardly any audio, and the ones that do are flooded with radio transmission from communication places. I've been thinking about using some of these to help me feel like I am really inside a spacecraft. Now, having attended the National Federation for the Blind Youth Slam once, I got to learn about their involvement with NASA and the past space plane (shuttle) missions. Our group even got to talk to a real astronaut. One of the things we were talking about was how people could work together to make human space flight a reality by ignoring the economical barriers. I pointed out that the best way to cross this is to raise a lot of funds. That might take a while, but it could be worth it.
One of my questions, which the astronaut may have misunderstood was, whether or not they brought along recorders or cameras inside the space vehicle they were travelling in, such as the shuttle or the Soyuz Space Capsule. The launches and landings I get to hear happen within the outer perspective, and is mostly coated with radio transmissions. I've been trying to find actual recordings of people going into space so I could hear what it was like from the inner perspective.
Also, if human space flight became more commonplace, there would be no trouble of recording such space flights and putting them on the internet for others to hear.
Remember when I went sky-diving? I tried looking for similar sounds before I went, but all I found were music videos? This is almost the same here. Besides, I could use these in a production that I sometimes use with SAPI voices. The only problem is that many of the sounds are not realistic, whereas I want sounds that are so real that they make you feel as if you are a part of the experience from beginning to end.
Also, if I ever get to go to LA, I want to tour the space shuttle they have down at the science centre. Based on a previous recording, it sounds like the area is mostly damped by the acoustics, which is the reason there is hardly any echo. Of course, I couldn't hear everything clearly because it was almost entirely interrupted by radio communication.
The only recording that appears to be complete appears to be STS-65, which was a mission flown by Columbia in 1994. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsHljHRM67c You can primarily hear the crew talking via headset, though you can occasionally hear them talking by mouth. You can hear what sounds like a vacuum cleaner or a seat cooler, then you hear the sounds of the space shuttle main engines, followed by the SRB separation. After eight minutes, you hear a ripping, tearing sound which was a checklist being torn from its Velcro support due to high G forces. Then, you hear the tank separating. I could not hear any orbital manoeuvring systems or reaction control positioning engines at all.
After a little bit, they start the re-entry process. They have the ambiance switched on for about three minutes, up until they turned on some lights, but somehow it got switched off, and you couldn't hear anything but the crew talking via headset microphones. This was really devastating because I really wanted to know how it sounded when the shuttle encountered the atmosphere, and how the landing gear was deployed, how it landed on the ground, and how it sounded when the parachutes were deployed to slow it down. I also wanted to find white room ambiance to hear how astronauts were getting ready to board.
So if you know of any places that have sctual sounds of space vehicles being launched and landed from within the interior, or have some information you'd like to share, feel free to do so. Also, I would ask that you use lay terminology to explain complex details.
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