Strap-on Video Rocket Blastoff

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).

  • Brent Danley 6y

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

    Thank you for being you.
  • Phillip Chee 6y

    Wicked cool!!!

    Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)
  • Ayo Umali 6y

    so awesome!
  • gnuckx 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Creative Commons Zero - CC0, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Héctor García 6y

    the frame grab is awesome, it looks a frame from a Hollywood movie, and your picture too ;)
  • msamaclean © 6y

    Thanks for the play-by-play! Glad the camera made it. Great second shot...that's a happy boy!
  • Wind Watcher 6y

    Wow - the rocket is still stable with that big honking video cam strapped on the side! Amazing.
  • diane m. dobson 6y

    great photo of the rocket, wonderful photo of you!
  • James Hague 6y

    Wow--very cool!
  • David Newman 6y

    So great.
  • Alpha 6y

    that's an amazing PoV!

    looks like there was a rocket to the left, and another rocket on the right waiting to launch :)
  • Duncan Rawlinson 6y

    What is the little red thing that falls off right before it takes off?
  • Steve Jurvetson 6y

    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.
  • vennettaj 6y

    Wooohoooo !
  • Kevin McGrath 6y

    way cool
  • Vítor Ribeiro 6y

    Nice capture!

    Seen in the group"1-2-3" (?)
  • Garron Nicholls 6y

    Lol - next time you need a video recording!

    cool idea

  • Victor Riess 6y

  • MountainEagleCrafter 6y

    Nice shot!
  • Clipper Monsoon 5y

    Great! Your recovery photo makes me laugh.
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