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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rocket's-eye view of a Soyuz launch

For the first time ever, Arianspace strapped a pair of small video cameras to a Soyuz rocket and recorded the nighttime ascent from French Guyana to sunlight and orbit, and launch of a satellite.

The silent video is lightly edited: A coasting phase (where not much is happening visually) is excised; and one portion of the long climb is speeded up to better show the effects of decreasing air pressure --- you can see the rocket plume expand and darken.

The video also uses two cameras, strapped to opposite sides of the rocket, for a more complete view.

Run it full-screen, if you can. :)

Phil Plait has a more complete description in his column here.

Alternate video link: https://youtu.be/rhqclpAa208