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Forum:Free Space
Topic:Tracking cameras for rocket launches
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ejectrThat was excellent... THANKS!
randycI enjoyed watching that video.

It reminded me of the times I designed two different spacecraft separation systems that were used to deploy three spacecraft, one each on STS-8, STS-51G and STS-52, and I used several high speed cameras to film the separation dynamics during qualification testing. After each test I reviewed the films to determine the separation velocity, whether the debris created when the explosive bolts were fired was contained, the efficiency of the clampband retention mechanisms and other separation system requirements.

During one of the tests there was an anomaly (slight recontact of the clampband after separating from the PAM/Spacecraft interface), and it was by reviewing the high speed film I was able to determine why that occurred and modify the design so recontact of the clampband was eliminated.

olyHere is another video, this time from Curious Droid with some fantastic shots and great information in what can best be described and rocket launch porn. This subject has become popular on photography sites following the Falcon Heavy launch.

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