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oly
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posted 02-20-2018 05:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for oly   Click Here to Email oly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For anyone interested in rocket launch footage I thought you may find this Primal Space video interesting.
Ever wondered how we get such smooth tracking shots of rockets moving at incredibly fast speeds? In this video, I talk about the camera equipment that's used and how it was used in the past.

ejectr
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posted 02-20-2018 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That was excellent... THANKS!

randyc
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posted 02-20-2018 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randyc   Click Here to Email randyc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I 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.

oly
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posted 02-22-2018 09:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for oly   Click Here to Email oly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here 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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