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James Brown
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posted 07-01-2009 03:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Found a great video on YouTube that shows all the work that goes into setting up remote cameras for a shuttle launch.

contra
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posted 07-02-2009 03:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for contra   Click Here to Email contra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great video. Thanks for pointing it out, James.

garymilgrom
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posted 07-02-2009 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks James. Is that you about 26 seconds in?

James Brown
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posted 07-02-2009 01:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes it is. I remember it being filmed.

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posted 01-24-2014 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Shuttle Endeavour   Click Here to Email Shuttle Endeavour     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know this is an old topic, but I would like to maybe set a remote camera up for a launch someday. How do you keep the camera that close without the shockwave breaking the lens on the camera? Also, how do you have enough battery power throughout the countdown?

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posted 01-24-2014 05:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonderful video. Many thanks for posting it.

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posted 01-27-2014 08:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great video. Thanks for posting James!

Jim Behling
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posted 01-27-2014 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Shuttle Endeavour:
How do you keep the camera that close without the shockwave breaking the lens on the camera? Also, how do you have enough battery power throughout the countdown?
There isn't a shock wave, it just a loud sound. If it would break the lens then any other structure near would not be standing or even the camera tripods.

There are separate electronics for the sound activation system and it wakes up the camera at the right time and sometimes power packs with extra batteries can be used.

James Brown
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posted 01-27-2014 02:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My cameras were plugged into sound triggers with built in timers. I would set what time I wanted the timer to turn everything on and off. The only time the camera was on, or batteries were being used, was during the time around launch. Since most launches only had a 10 minute window, it was easy to know when to set the timer.

I could also set mine for up to two weeks, so that if there was a 24 hour delay, everything would shut off until the launch time the following day, then wake everything up again.

As soon as the main engines cranked up, the sound would trigger the camera to shoot, and would continue shooting as long as the sound was there. Once the sound died down, the camera would stop shooting.

James Brown
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posted 01-27-2014 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Listen to the remote camera shooting pictures in this clip, once it clears the pad. A second camera shot this video. Chris Hetlage shot this video.

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posted 01-29-2014 02:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Shuttle Endeavour   Click Here to Email Shuttle Endeavour     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow. Thanks for all the responses! Awesome video!

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posted 03-31-2014 11:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Shuttle Endeavour   Click Here to Email Shuttle Endeavour     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am going to try recording the NROL-67 launch. I do have VIP launch viewing, but how can I get permission to place a camera at the pad? Thanks.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-31-2014 11:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Only badged press can set up remote cameras at the pad.

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posted 03-31-2014 11:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Shuttle Endeavour   Click Here to Email Shuttle Endeavour     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it possible to get press badging if you are a private photographer?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-01-2014 12:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Press badging is only available to those actively working for an accredited media organization, either as an employee or freelance photographer.

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posted 04-01-2014 08:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Is it possible to get press badging if you are a private photographer?
Start your own website!

Blackarrow
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posted 04-05-2014 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What precisely causes the noise like an old steam locomotive labouring up an incline, shortly before main engine start?

Tom
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What precisely causes the noise like an old steam locomotive labouring up an incline, shortly before main engine start?

Those are the APU's (Auxilary Power Units).

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