Strap-on Video Rocket Blastoff

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    A frame grab from my Nike rocket’s video under thrust…

    The motor is a K815 from Cesaroni Aerospace in Canada. The sparks are molten titanium sponge.

    I added a nose cone to the Oregon Scientific video cam strapped to the rocket, and it barely hangs on as my fiberglass rocket crosses 500 MPH… The camera gets knocked about; the Velcro strap comes loose and flaps wildly before ripping off a segment. The onboard computer recorded 12.6 G’s of acceleration as she screamed to Mach 0.7 in a couple seconds.

    A sandstorm rolled in before I could recover it, so I had no idea if the camera survived the ride, or being dragged across the playa by the winds. When the weather lifted, Erik captured my recovery reaction (below).

    kirainet, the other Martin Taylor, and 15 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. brentdanley 66 months ago | reply

      Great description. Love the picture below, too. Your enthusiasm for discovery is inspiring!

      Thank you for being you.

    2. Computer Science Geek 66 months ago | reply

      Wicked cool!!!

      Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)

    3. Ayoumali 66 months ago | reply

      so awesome!

    4. gnuckx 66 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Creative Commons Zero - CC0, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    5. kirainet 66 months ago | reply

      the frame grab is awesome, it looks a frame from a Hollywood movie, and your picture too ;)

    6. msamaclean © 66 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the play-by-play! Glad the camera made it. Great second shot...that's a happy boy!

    7. Wind Watcher 66 months ago | reply

      Wow - the rocket is still stable with that big honking video cam strapped on the side! Amazing.

    8. restlessthought 66 months ago | reply

      great photo of the rocket, wonderful photo of you!

    9. Joie de Vivre 66 months ago | reply

      Wow--very cool!

    10. avlxyz 66 months ago | reply

      that's an amazing PoV!

      looks like there was a rocket to the left, and another rocket on the right waiting to launch :)

    11. Duncan Rawlinson - @thelastminute - 66 months ago | reply

      What is the little red thing that falls off right before it takes off?

    12. jurvetson 66 months ago | reply

      a plastic igniter holder that is on the nozzle. It keeps the igniter wires from falling out of the motor pre-launch.

      avlxyz: yes... Sometimes I catch the following launches from above.

      Brighthawk Video Rocket Nike Rocket Chaser

      In this case, though, the Brit's rocket just exploded into a bunch of tiny bits right after takeoff.

    13. vennettaj 66 months ago | reply

      Wooohoooo !

    14. * Garron Nicholls * 66 months ago | reply

      Lol - next time you need a video recording!

      cool idea


    15. Clipper Monsoon 59 months ago | reply

      Great! Your recovery photo makes me laugh.

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