SpaceX GoPro shows the calmer side of a rocket launch

Shane McGlaun - Jun 9, 2015, 10:00 am CDT
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SpaceX GoPro shows the calmer side of a rocket launch

The forces exerted on a rocket during launch are incredible. The vibration, G forces, and friction that go along with firing off into space are very hard on equipment and people. However, once the rocket slips out of the Earth’s atmosphere, things are suddenly calm and serene. This SpaceX footage is a perfect example of the serene part of a rocket launch.

The film picks up after the rocket is in space as it slowly tumbles around with blue and white ball that is the Earth commanding most of the view in the video. If you look closely, you can see other stars and planets in the blackness of space.

The slow tumbling of the rocket is mesmerizing and the brilliance of the sun is something to behold. One of the most impressive things to me about this video is that the GoPro had no problems at all surviving launch and tumble outside the Earth’s atmosphere.

The part of the rocket the camera is located on is a composite faring that protects satellites during delivery to destinations in low Earth orbit and beyond. I wonder if the faring was recovered to get the footage or if it was broadcast back to Earth. Presumably, the components burned upon reentry.

SOURCE: Mashable


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