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High-speed footage of rocket launch

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Recently we went to the Black Rock Desert over a weekend for the Mudroc rocket launch event. Steve Jurvetson launched his fiberglass rocket called Warped Reality. The 12 feet rocket had a big N1560 motor and went supersonic, reaching over 19,000 feet in a few seconds. We retrieved it about 7 miles north.

 

A camera crew captured the launch with this high speed camera. At full 2048 x 1536 resolution, the i-SPEED 716 can capture 5,000 frames per second. At lower resolution it can go up to 500,000 FPS. The camera has 72GB high speed RAM to temporarily store the footage. That is a lot of data; it takes almost an hour to download a few seconds of high-speed footage to disk. I'll post the link to the footage once I know.

 

I processed a balanced HDR photo from a RAW exposure.

 

-- © Peter Thoeny, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0, HDR, 1 RAW exposure, NEX-6, _DSC9017_hdr1bal1d

 

Update 2016-07-04: Steve Jurvetson posted a video compilation of this launch; it includes a short footage of the high-speed camera: YouTube video & more photos.

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Taken on June 19, 2016