Transparent Rocket Simulations Show Liftoff in a New Light

One of the big silver linings of 2020—they’re hard to find, but they’re there—is the fact that it’s been full of rocket launches. But while rockets are downright inspiring, they’re still extraordinarily complicated. To help literally clarify how they work, here’s a visualization of four transparent rockets taking off into space.

Futurism picked up on the video of transparent rockets being launched into space, which was posted recently to YouTube. The stunning visualization is the work of a person who goes by the name of Hazegrayart. Unfortunately, Hazegrayart is quite mysterious, and there isn’t much profile information available. What is apparent, however, is that Hazegrayart loves making rocket visualizations. Like, a lot.

In this particular video, Hazegrayart presents, from left to right: the Saturn V, the Space Shuttle, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, and the Space Launch System. The rockets are shown taking off from the historic Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39 in Florida, and then roaring into low Earth orbit.

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As the transparent rockets ascend into the ever-darkening firmament, the internal explosions that drive them are unveiled. Hazegrayart notes that the red shade marks highly refined kerosene, orange marks liquid hydrogen, and blue marks liquid oxygen.

There are lots of fun little details to note in the video. It’s also interesting to see, for example, how the different spacecraft carry their fuel loads in different parts of their respective structures. Plus, watching the Falcon Heavy drop its first stage boosters back to Earth never gets old.

A real Falcon Heavy launch for comparison. (Begins at 22-minute mark.) 

Looking forward, it would be great to see Hazegrayart crank out more rocket videos just like this one. Perhaps the artist could do something on the seminal launch happening this month in Florida. The one that could see American astronauts lift off into space from American soil for the first time in a decade.

What do you think about this video of clear rockets taking off into space? Give us your most transparent opinions in the comments below!

Feature image: Hazegrayart

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