The Incredible Sounds of the Falcon Heavy Launch (BINAURAL AUDIO IMMERSION) – Smarter Every Day 189

Hey, it’s me, Destin, welcome back to Smarter Every Day. So the SpaceX Falcon Heavy test flight Just happened everyone agrees the footage is phenomenal. It was amazing technological wizardry Everyone loves it, but there’s something that is missing when you view it over the internet everyone that’s ever been to an actual space launch will tell you it’s the sound of the event that just Overwhelms your body and that’s kind of lost when you’re looking through a screen, right? So it’s time for me to introduce you to my other youtube channel. It’s called the sound traveler I used binaural 3d audio if you will to transport your body to the location it kind of tricks your mind It’s a acoustic type mental thing going on just trust me it works. Here’s how it works get your headphones put your headphones on it only works if you have headphones Make sure the left headphone is on your left ear make sure the right headphone isn’t your right ear there once you get set up your Calibrated the Vehicle Assembly Building is the largest single story building In the world this is where they assemble the Rockets you are one of only 20 photographers credentialed That’s allowed onto the top of the Vehicle Assembly Building with your headphones on we’re gonna walk through the Vehicle Assembly Building with these photographers Get on some elevators do some catwalk stuff so that your mind gets calibrated to that 3d audio Then walk out to the cameras and get ready for launch there’s three things I want you to listen for number one at the countdown listen to all the shutters firing from the cameras around you you can hear Where they are number two once the rocket lifts off the pad you can no longer hear the cameras. It’s so loud What kind of aircraft is overhead and where it is relative to your mind? Okay, Go enjoy launch and then we’ll get ready for re-entry 15 thank you 10 Thank you there it goes 3 2 1 lift off Lots of noise That sound adds so much for me. That is so incredible Okay, the next part that I absolutely love so the Rockets up up in a way right the two boosters Safely separate they do a little pirouette and they come back without touching each other and they come back in With a re-entry burn the part that I love I mean as an engineer this just tickles all the right parts of my brain the fact that the video feed from both of those boosters Looks like it’s just one booster played on two different screens I love that that means the guidance and control algorithm was so finely tuned But they just nailed it so tip of the hat to the guidance control team that did that Very very impressed the next thing that you missed by not being there because we’re watching it on a screen And we’re hearing the cheering at Hawthorne or the sonic booms as it approaches the pad So here’s how this works according to SpaceX there are three sonic booms per booster And they’re caused by in order number one the engine down there causes the first sonic boom where the legs connect to the booster That’s the second one and the third one’s caused by the grid fins up on top of the booster now There’s three sonic booms per booster We have two boosters that six sonic booms right, now Experience this in 3d with your headphones still see if you can count how many sonic booms you hear And this is what a person hears when they’re down at the Cape when this goes down check it out got them woooow sonic boom’s? 6 sonic booms holy, holy mackerel I didn’t count six I counted ten pump. It dump. It dump. It dump it down I Went back and looked at the waveform the reason you see ten. There’s supposed to be three per booster There’s three with echoes and so the waveform overlays in such a way that it sounds like five. It’s fascinating anyway That is a sound traveller video. I hope you enjoyed this episode of the sound traveler I’m promoting it here on smarter every day in hopes that people will go and subscribe to that when I feature a guest sound traveler I write up this little contract here and I make sure to pay them and I also make sure to promote them and this particular sound traveler was trevor maehlman trevor Helps me with all the eclipse stuff that we’ve done in the past but According to our contract that we wrote. I am now supposed to promote Trevor’s MySpace page so if you want to support Trevor Mullin professional rocket photographer you can I’m just kidding he has a patreon trevor is trying to figure out how to make a career out of professional rocket photography And if you know anything about how intellectual property works it is really really hard to do that everybody wants to offer you promotion When you just need money to eat, so I payed Trevor for this endeavor and I also want to set him up for the long haul and the way to do that is patreon so if you want to support Trevor you’ll notice all the other photographers were more established in their careers Trevor’s not so if you want to support a young man That’s doing awesome things and on top of that. He gives you incredible photographs in exchange for your financial support I’ll leave a link down below. So if you want to pack up your photography gear now with Trevor I’ll let you do that and I’ll leave a link on the screen to subscribe to the sound traveler one humble request To subscribe to that channel because it’s a pet project. I love anyway. I’m Destin you’re getting smarter every day. Have a good one Holy cow Wow Now I’m the first person to see this footage, but I cannot wait for all of you see this this is This is gonna be crazy. This is really gonna be awesome

Glenn Chapman


  1. I don't understand what actually causes the sonic booms? Is it that air is being fed into the booster real fast? Ik he said because of the landing gear etc but what is actually causing it?

  2. Elon Musk is an Android from the future stuck in this time, he's making do with what he's got

  3. Omg it's sounds like multiple Irokez helicopters flyed above your head!

  4. I was in my room at night and the sound from the vid made me scared af 😂

  5. No offence
    Well the Lamborghini sounds better than that!😅

  6. Excellent video. My favorite videos on YouTube of jets, rockets, race cars and stuff all have great sound. Sound is an overlooked quality of a video. Subscribing…

  7. Did Santa go through the Van Allen radiation belt? Or Elon Musk bought it off

  8. 5:08 actually they messed up…. those are 1 booster's stream. lol

  9. I love living on Merritt island because I see this every time

  10. I live in Cape Canaveral, and can watch every launch from my back yard. It sounds, just. like. this.

  11. Wow! This is amazing! What a unique perspective that we would otherwise be unaware of, absolutely brilliant, more of this please! Thank you for sharing!

  12. If you listen to this launch with the song "Stay" from Interstellar when they launch from Earth is extremely moving.

  13. Wall mounted studio monitors in perfectly level triangular setup and hear 6 booms. Not sure what hes talking about 5 on each booster? Its very discerning sound id say HOLY MACRO! LMFAO!

  14. 3:01 I'm watching this at a coffee shop I really thought someone was talking next to me. What an experience.

  15. Two things I got to say
    1. A camera (or maybe more) clicked a million times on my right.
    2. Is it just me, or the cloud formed by the exhaust has the face of a man?

  16. I really love your channel it is the best..i learn everything….and it helps me when our teacher ask a teacher about this stuff

  17. How Does Sonic Booms Sounds like?

    Boom Pida Pida Boom.. Boom Pida Pida Boom…

  18. Well, YouTube recommend satisfying videos sometimes. I'm Glad!

  19. Youtube said, posted 1 day ago in recommendations…. thats a lie.

  20. TBH: AWESOME ! i’ve been French Guyana’s Kouro Lanchepad and I still remember the ‘aftersound’, this incredible high pressure fuel burning sound trying to find it’s way through the air. But man, this is even better !

  21. I never experience any extra immersion with these type of recordings

  22. Now that sounds like an actual space shuttle launch. Imagination.

  23. thanks for provided such sound experience . Great work, keep it up

  24. There was only six. You have to listen carefully at the very top peak of the boom.

  25. It’s SO cool if you look closely beside the rocket and you can actually see the atmosphere avoiding the rocket and then forming back up again!!!

  26. Hey Destin,
    How about a video on sonic booms and also explaining those five sonic booms?
    Amazing videos brother!

  27. My hearing loss has prevented me from enjoying videos like this one, for most of my life. That is, until I discovered bone-conducting headphones which bypasses the damaged part of my left ear. Now, knowing very well that the sound is nowhere near the physical sensation of a launch or a sonic boom (the latter being something I have experienced a few times), I still see my headphones as pure magic since they have given me a long lost ability back…

  28. This is what I love about genuine content creators in YouTube. They give the credit with little hesitation. Great heart you need for that.

  29. With a proper home theater, you don't need headphones. Thanks for the first excellent audio quality launch I've experienced.

  30. Thank you. You are молодец. Делаешь хорошее video.

  31. My adult daughter and two young granddaughters drove to watch a launch at Vandenberg CA, but fog kept visibility down to 3/4 mile. The launch went on, we couldn't see it, but the sound was just in your chest. It was thrilling. Then around 6 minutes later we listened for the return of the booster….double sonic boom! Can't wait to go back when its clear out. If you have never been, its a must. Download the app NextSpaceFlight, and make the trip.

  32. I had no problems hearing the cameras all the time. I did use my G533 headphones. mid size quality.
    You sound like a sound person. You should then take a look on what sound youtube support. There is no way for us users to get good audio. Yes i can click and run this video in 4k. But that do not automatic give me full audio rating. As its only youtube servers who handle the bit rate at a given moment and connection speed. I use a lot of FLAC on my sound system at home and PC gear.
    I can make a video with FLAC audio but there is no way anyone on youtube can get that quality from looking on a video on youtube 🙂

  33. If I could make a suggestion, you should bleed about 1%-4% of each ear into the opposite ear. Having complete isolation between the left and right ear loses realism. Just because a sound happens on the left doesn't mean your right ear won't hear it. Sounds are also a millisecond or two behind the source side due to reflection. Try it out and let me know what you think.

    It's amazing the amount of delay from seeing everything happen and then, much later, hearing it.

  34. Was it just me or was anybody else able to see the distortions caused by the rocket around it?

  35. Really chemical rockets…? when are we going to have warp drive or matter-antimatter propulsion?

  36. 2.9K Dislikes??? Lmao We have too many sensitive people who probably don't agree with your comment @ 0:11. Awesome video man! Keep up the good work.

  37. Anyone else who's heard sonic booms/liftoffs find it really weird to be hearing that without feeling it? You know, like the way it shakes your ribs and abdomen? Cool tho!

  38. your absolutely right that sound is awesome. take note mr kim jong un or whatever your freakin name is cos thats the last sound your gonna hear before you go bang

  39. Not to mention the sensation when your hit by the shock wave ! Watched shuttle launches and that was my favorite part

  40. That looks like a giant…. wang, pay attention in class. Im sorry teacher i was just looking out the window when I saw what appears to be a giant… weiner, get your weiners

  41. how is it we are all caught up in AOC tweets and Donald tweets yet things like this are going on…

  42. It's really crazy and awesome. Boom..Booomm.. And a Great piece of engineering.

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