Watch this GoPro hit Mach 5.5 while attached to the SpaceLoft–10 research rocket

Watch this GoPro hit Mach 5.5 while attached to the SpaceLoft–10 research rocket

GoPro Rocket

GoPros all over the world have captured incredible footage. From the tops of tallest mountains to the deepest depths of the sea, the little action cams have seen it all. But their adventures aren’t limited to life here on Earth, as we’ve seen before.

Today, GoPro gives us yet another look at the space-bound endeavors of their action cameras with an incredible video showing a rocket launch to space.

Shared as part of its GoPro Awards, the launch depicted in the video is that of SpaceLoft–10, a 20-foot tall rocket launched by UP Aerospace from Spaceport America in New Mexico.

It took place on November 6th, 2016 and was the fourth rocket launched as part of Flight Opportunities, NASA’s ongoing program that chooses ‘promising new space technologies from industry, academia and government, and provides them access to relevant environments for flight testing.’

Throughout the three-and-a-half minute video, the GoPro captures an incredible point of view as the rocket reaches speeds up to Mach 5.5 (4,220 MPH, 6791 KPH) and a height of roughly 75 miles (120 Kilometers) into the sky.

Roughly a minute into the video, the rocket can be seen shedding its nose fairing and releasing Maraia, the 11 pound re-entry capsule that will eventually safely bring the recorded information back to Earth.

YouTube video

In addition to the re-entry capsule, four other experiments were launched and safely recovered during the mission, including projects from Purdue University, New Mexico State University and NASA’s own Ames Research Center.

[via NASA]

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