Sunday, September 7, 2014

The late night integrated by parts photo adventure that is chasing rocket launches #AsiaSat6 #Falcon9 #SpaceX

Once again you can't go wrong with a night launch from anywhere in Cape Canaveral. Sometimes being further away from the pad is better for capturing a time elapsed rocket lighting a black sky with a fire contrail and eerie pumpkin glowing clouds. The best part is that you're not going to capture a nice solo shot of the rocket, so you can set the camera up, hit the trigger (I have a simple photo capture trigger that I can lock on), and sit back and watch the launch. Or in my case grab an iPhone for that extra video memory of "you were there, watching at 1am". It was truly an awesome launch, especially after missing the last three, proving that I may have a launch watching addiction. The long rocket flame streaking from behind the clouds was spectacular! Since I was taking a time elapsed photo, I tried to capture that on video (YouTube video below), but it's not capable of that resolution with the absolute brightness. I wasn't sure if the launch would get delayed in the super long launch window just like the previous +SpaceX launch, but Teddy barked into the night at T-5 to tell everyone is was "rocket-time". Interesting fact, dogs can hear the intense sound wave before humans, so you can hear Teddy bark 82 seconds into the flight before the loud rumble even begins (I stopped filming before that hit as Teddy got really nervous so I put the toys away to make sure he was alright). We ran to the other side of the condo for the finale, but I couldn't see the rocket at that point. I think we heard and felt the rumble for 4-5 minutes after launch. I was super excited from the rush of the launch, so I uploaded some photos right away before getting to bed finally!

AsiaSat 6 going for a late night adventure on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9. This photo is a composite of 5 photos, each 30 seconds long, but the duration of view was under 2 minutes.
AsiaSat 6 on a Falcon 9 launched by SpaceX. The 5 photos used in the composite above. The late night integrated by parts photo adventure that is chasing rocket launches.

The official stats:
Sept. 7 Falcon 9  •  AsiaSat 6
Launch time: 0500 GMT (1:00 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the AsiaSat 6 communications satellite. AsiaSat 6 will support video broadcasting and broadband networks for customers in Asia, Australia, India and the Pacific islands. Delayed from May, Aug. 26, Aug. 27 and Sept. 6. See our Mission Status Center. [Sept. 7]


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