How to Land the Space Shuttle... from Space

Bret Copeland

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    NOT AN ASTRONAUT; NO AFFILIATION WITH NASA. I was dressed up for Halloween. Presented on October 31st, 2016 at Stack Overflow’s Remote Meetup in Philadelphia. #PhillyCheeseStack
    If you want to try landing the shuttle for yourself for fun, try F-Sim (I have no affiliation... just a fan).
    Sorry about the autofocus (we disabled it in later talks). Me running around on stage didn't help. As always, send complaints to Steve.
    If you're interested in more details on reentry and landing, I also wrote an answer on Stack Exchange Aviation:
    This was one of nine "Tiny Talks" given over three days at the meetup. Every year, employees submit Tiny Talk ideas on a wide range of topics (some completely random and not company-related at all, like this one) and we vote on which ones we want to hear. So, thank you to my coworkers for voting me in.
    Original proposal description I submitted for this talk:
    Let's say you're traveling at about 17,500 miles per hour (28,000 km/h) in low earth orbit, your main engines are out of fuel, and it's your job to guide the spaceship through a fiery re-entry without burning up or skipping out of the atmosphere, navigate to your landing site, and arrive with just enough energy to make an unpowered landing on a runway which is halfway around the planet from where you started. And, of course, either you succeed on your first try, or everyone dies. So, no pressure…. In this talk, I'll show you how space shuttle designers, pilots, and autopilots managed to do just that.
    All real-life photos and videos (except the last slide) were produced by NASA. Everything that looks hand-drawn was done by me on a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet in ArtRage. Animations were done in After Effects. Between the concept, outline, script, artwork, animations, rehearsals, and editing, I spent somewhere around 200 hours over two months working on it. Very little time was spent researching. In case it wasn't obvious, I've been more than a little obsessed with the topic for years now.

    Publicerades den 4 år sedan


    1. Irate-Anime

      This is the second video on my random SEprom video quest. Yahooo

    2. Yeshiwas Assefa

      How many times did he say: but

    3. Random Craft

      OK FINE I'LL WATCH IT, SEprom!!

    4. Randy Novlan

      The triangle in the Normal vector and the circle is the prograde vector.

    5. stoufer2000

      love this

    6. Max


    7. Pik Pok

      I have a Buran in space at the moment, will this tutorial help me get it down, does it work with Buran shuttles?

      1. Sailor Man

        Yes - exactly the same principles involved.

    8. Weirdoago Kerman

      Thank you mr helpful

    9. Chowder


    10. JoJo Sans

      if you are not a astronout or work in nasa then how you know that

      1. Sailor Man

        There are many websites that have all of the information contained in his presentation.

    11. Kevlar Burrito

      @12:45 "Obviously we can't land like that..." Well not with that attitude you can't!

    12. Sebasツ

      Is this mark rober?

    13. Space Face

      Time to try it in KSP

    14. Miguel Barrera

      I've been watching this video for a few years already and I enjoy it every time. Your sense of humor is brilliant. My favorite part is when you just tell the space shuttle to "stop!... it always does this" hilarious! But really informative, 17min just passed in a second. So much enjoyed it, thanks!

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    17. Maarij Khan

      8K dislikes!! Are you kidding me how can be some one negative about this

    18. GamingwithAlwyn

      Passenger: Omg the pilot and co-pilot have passed out! Me: I’m a pilot! Passenger: Can you land this? Me: *Well.......*

    19. capsule

      basically you landed me? im STS - 135

    20. Gary Z

      great presentation...thanks!

    21. Dg 27

      i love this brilliant how your well bret

    22. Bart De Reu

      My god they drop it like a rock.

    23. earid7

      Why not just land on Ocean??

      1. Sailor Man

        Earid, do you not think the shuttle would have some damage if it landed really fast in water?


        Either you are a troll or an absolute dumbass

    24. Cheems the Boomer

      This reminded me to the iPhone presentation by Steve Jobs

    25. Florencio Vela

      I ordered the 3 motor cybertruck & plan to buy the S dual motor too..I have enough solar & battery back up system to charge them both. I love Space X too.. to the moon & MARS WE GO000ooo!! i'm also the long time TSLA investor..

    26. Chuckwang872

      ok thanks im gonna go land it now

    27. mclz

      i bet their ears bled for the computer shouting "BANK ANGLE"

    28. Neptune

      I like how the title assumes we are regularly flying a shuttle lol

    29. EPIC Touch down

      Thanks next time I will do itsame

    30. Fizzybow

      I will be using this info for a story, thanks

    31. MilosCsrb

      And they land at night like day landing is not enough challenge

    32. Justin La Platney

      A really hot gas so basically fires cousin

    33. NumRoo

      2021? anyone?

    34. Charlie Gonzalez


    35. BrokenCrayon

      Came for the simple answer on how to land a spacecraft, stayed for the cutie talking.

    36. NovaXS

      Person:"and were just gonna stop!" Space shuttle:"oh sorry I cannot I have no fuel" Cyberpunk 2077:"I can yeet some up for you"

    37. hamza hamza

      And no astronauts were hurt in the making of this video

    38. sober

      Instructions unclear I landed in a military base in Syria i think I'm going to get shot at

    39. Ryan Buksh

      Dont know why I'm watching if I'm going to b an astronaut😂 great video btw

    40. Bernard Putersznit

      Loved it! Thanks :-)

    41. The Dankest

      Die all crews nail the landings? It sounds like an impossible task zu land the shuttle that precisely :O

      1. Sailor Man

        EVERY shuttle landed safely without damage from all the missions ever carried out.

    42. Tanish Mishra

      I was trying to land my space shuttle when i came across your video , this was great help , thanks bro.

    43. VJ

      This comment section is as funny as the video :D

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    45. Jul Ian

      I bet he has mastered KSP.

    46. Raiyan Rizwan

      Thanks to SpaceX, we ain't gotta throw those boosters away any more.

      1. Mark Wright

        The shuttle's solid fuel boosters were recovered by parachute after launch. They were not "thrown away".

    47. bobi shah

      This is not the first time you are watching this.

    48. Ingmar Van olffen

      This legit got recommended to me like every month

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    51. Tom Cahill

      Brilliant and very entertaining. Thanks Thomas Cahill Cork Irelsnd

    52. uptosomethin good

      You said that you are a pilot? How many hours do you have in a Glider, I dont mean being at an airfield at the crack of Dawn and pushing Gliders around, I mean in control, piloting in the air?

    53. Gerry Buckley

      Truly Amazing

    54. uptosomethin good

      I thought "speed Brakes" control your rate of descent, and speed control is determined by pitch. Do you fly BRO

    55. James Brewer

      that was fun, Thanks

    56. Bob's Aviation

      Thank you so much for this tutorial, I'm taking the old shuttle out this Sunday for some practice flying, thank you!

    57. Skyler Taylor

      This guy should explain how to land boosters.

    58. The Official Doge

      Nasa probably calls the space shuttles a "flying brick".... because they don't want to call it a "flying d*ck". your welcome NASA. I read your researchers' minds.

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      2 thumbs up!!!!

    61. Brian Sketers

      What about the sonic BOOOM!!

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    68. AGP

      SpaceX: Hold my Starship...

    69. Jose Fernandez

      the computers control everything from orbit 'till 300' altitude, the pilot declares and emergency, takes over and flies the last 300'.... ok.....

    70. Сергей Волков

      Thx bro. I got my space ship test tomorrow

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    72. Explore space

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    75. Si Manda

      Thank you for taking the time to explain this wonder of the world to us!

    76. Raptør Alpha

      Press brake and wait for it to touch ground - SFS

    77. Gerald Nelson

      I'm just a hobby private pilot and I really enjoyed this humorous explanation of a shuttle landing. Thank you.

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    79. aashir khan

      I have watched this video probably a dozen times now and every time I re watch, it never gets old. Amazing Video alongside being presented in an amazing way

    80. Mr Hater

      Instructions unclear: I'm near Saturn

      1. Racing MHF

        @PenguinX20 KSP with RSS/RO mods

      2. PenguinX20

        so your a ksp player basically

    81. Gage

      "No engines available" Me, in KSP: haha leftover fuel go brrrr

      1. Gage

        @FlightSimJeronimo No, I just don't use all my fuel. I based My shuttle of of Matt Lowne's, which puts a rocket fuel tank in the shuttle.

      2. FlightSimJeronimo

        haha alt+f12 infinite propellant go brrrr

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    83. Toxic 29

      I agree

    84. Oscar Taylor

      Curtis L. Brown, Jr. grew up in this town, Elizabethtown, N C . Went to Air Force Academy and was a test pilot on the A-10 Warthob. He was accepted into the Astronaut program and flew six shuttle missions. Pilot on 3 and Commander on 3. We have renamed ouir local airport in his honor. Curtis L. Brown, Jr. airfield. I have met him several times. I was the airport manager for 20 years after having retired from Delta with 27 years service,. Curt visits the airport when he is back in town usually once or twice a year. He is now a Captain flying for Sun Country Airlines.

    85. Flugangst Bye-Bye: I Love Flying!

      Almost the same as landing a soaring plane, hahaha! :-D

    86. Tim N

      I was SHOCKED TO HEAR HIM REFER TO THE HUD AS THE HEADS UP DISPLAY. a HUD is a head (singular as generally pilots have one head per body) up display. 'Heads up' is slang to address a group. Flying head up is preferred over having to look down at instruments i.e. head down. That ruined the whole presentation for this nerd.

      1. Braylen Fab

        Does it really matter tho. Heads up vs head up...end of the day we all understand it’s function. Didn’t ruin it for me

    87. kiwitrainguy

      7:30 - "This is not rocket science". Actually, it is.

      1. Хименес

        You missed the point.

    88. Will Fernandez

      I learn more on SEprom than in school

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    91. Silas Langwadt Thrysøe

      Just use the map screen duh🙄

    92. spndrp

      Please turn off automatic translations of titles!!!!!!!!!!!

    93. Fizzy Bandit

      I don't know how to pilot a plane why am I even watching this

    94. Vinayak K

      I hope my teacher was as funny as you are

    95. LAB 444

      I can to it

    96. PATRICK

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    97. Turtle

      Instructions Uncleared, I killed all of the kerbal crew members.

    98. David Wu

      for a brick, he flew pretty good

    99. Rando Gaming

      This is how I land my horse after jumping from my airbase in minecraft

    100. Rando Gaming

      Instructions unclear: landed in Arby's holding a classic roast beef sandwich