A shuttle is launched into space to release a new satellite. When an explosion occurs the crew has to think of a way to get back to Earth without atmospheric pressure (max q) crushing the damaged shuttle.

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Clay Jarvis (as Bill Campbell)
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Rena Winter
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Scott Hines
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Jonah Randall
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Don Mitchum
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Oz Gilbert (as Kevin Mcnulty)
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A shuttle is launched into space to release a new satellite. When an explosion occurs the crew has to think of a way to get back to Earth without atmospheric pressure (max q) crushing the damaged shuttle.

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The Ultimate Test of Courage

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19 November 1998 (USA)  »

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Max Q: Emergency Landing  »

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Max Q is indeed the point of maximum dynamic pressure on a vehicle during launch. It's also the name of the rock band whose members are all astronauts. See more »

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A character refers to DC-10 pilots shifting fuel to steer their crippled airliner, and duplicates the maneuver in the space shuttle. In the incident to which he refers, United Airlines Flight 232, the pilots steered by shifting engine power, not by shifting fuel. See more »

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Total Crap.
24 June 2003 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

I pity the cast of this film.

Apparently Jerry Too-Much-Testosterone Bruckheimer didn't get enough space action with Armageddon so he had to slap this piece of crap together in about two months and throw it into an empty timeslot on ABC for god knows what reason. This abomination is highly inaccurate, badly written, and a complete insult to anyone who knows anything about flying or the space program. NASA deciding the day before launch to send a reporter into space.......HA! Even the Russians wouldn't do that. And using a blowtorch in space? Who was their tech advisor, Baghdad Bob?

But aside from the technical neurosis, the film comes across as a cheap attempt at a modern day Apollo 13 and a tax shelter (probably left-over money from Armageddon, since they didn't hire real writers for that either). All in all, don't bother with this one. If you want a good modern space movie, check out Space Cowboys. At least that one didn't have you groaning every five seconds like this one did.


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