After we consider satellites, we regularly consider tremendous high-tech state-of-the-art expertise being despatched up into area. We typically don’t consider them blasting up off-the-shelf electronics that many people have already got in our houses. Properly, that’s precisely what the parents at NanoAvionics did after they connected a GoPro Hero 7 (Sure, not even a Hero 10!) to their MP42 microsatellite to seize selfies in area because it flew over the planet.
At 550km (~341 miles) above the earth’s floor, the GoPro connected to the MP42 seize photographs of the satellite tv for pc over the Coral sea and the Nice Barrier Reef – the one residing construction seen from area – alongside the north-east facet of Australia. It additionally shot some glorious (and nowhere close to lengthy sufficient!) 4K video of the journey.
Whereas the GoPro Hero 7 digicam itself began life as an everyday off-the-shelf digicam – chosen due to its immersive discipline of view and the truth that the same old space-grade engineering cameras both don’t have the decision, value an excessive amount of cash or take far too lengthy to develop – the staff did should strip it down and fabricate their very own customized housing, together with a customized “selfie stick” to connect it to the satellite tv for pc and survive the journey.
The tiny MP42 Satellite tv for pc was launched in April aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, together with two different NanoAvionics-built satellites as a part of their microsatellite bus heritage mission.
The explanation for taking the photograph and video clip with the Nice Barrier Reef within the background was partly symbolic. We needed to focus on the vulnerability of our planet and the significance of Earth statement by satellites, particularly for monitoring surroundings and local weather adjustments.
In our more and more visible tradition, it is vital for buyers, college students, prospects and most people to see as a way to consider. Tens of millions watch rocket launches however barely see satellites transferring in orbit or deployable constructions in operation. That is going to vary by stay or recorded footage.
Vytenis J. Buzas, Co-Founder and CEO, NanoAvionics
You will discover out extra in regards to the MP42 and the 4K selfie video in their press launch. Be sure you additionally keep watch over their YouTube channel or any potential future area footage!