Supercomputer simulation of NASA's Orion launch abort vehicle

The visualization shows an ascent abort scenario that is triggered as the vehicle is traveling at close to the speed of sound. Starting at abort initiation with motor ignition, the video slows down when the pressure and air flow conditions are particularly harsh. Colored plumes indicate high pressure (red) and low pressure (blue). Each pixel changing from blue to red (and vice versa) over time is related to pressure waves that cause vibrations on the vehicle (white). Regions where the color changes abruptly in space, but stays constant in time, indicate the presence of shock waves.

Credits: NASA/Ames/Timothy Sandstrom

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