GoPro and Flip Cameras Film Rocket’s 84-Second Flight to an Altitude of 23 Miles

Forget sending cameras up to the edges of space on a weather balloon: rockets are much, much cooler (and faster). A man named Derek Deville created a homemade rocket in an effort to win The Carmack Prize, which offers $10K to anyone who can launch a rocket to above 100K feet, take a GPS reading, and then recover the vehicle. Although he failed to take a GPS reading, Deville’s rocket managed to reach 121,000ft (~23 miles) in 84 seconds.

What’s awesome is that he also attached two HD cameras to the rocket to document what the journey looks like. The side view captured by a FlipHD starts at 2:49, while footage from a GoPro pointed straight down starts at 5:15.

(via PopSci via Photojojo)

  • Anonymous

    Lame.  They should have used a Panavision.  ;)

  • Justin Javellana

    What happened to the lens of the GoPro?

  • Anonymous

    I think it was the impact/water-proof case for the camera, and not the lens itself.  Apparently it melted on its way past mach3.  

    (Correction: it looked like some kind of cover they placed over the lens?)

    I would have melted too.

  • Anonymous

    wow, this is SO cool!

  • John Kantor

    Why do people scream like fools for something like this?

  • Erik Lauri Kulo

    Michael Zhang, how much does GoPro pay you bloggers now a days? I’m seeing less and less headlines with their name in them so perhaps they are running out of money…

  • Jersey Shore Surfer

    Wow fantastic!

  • Jersey Shore Surfer

    Without screaming like fools we’d never get to the moon or develop an Apple computer.

  • Dennis Marciniak

    I’m trying to figure this one out myself.

  • Jersey Shore Surfer

    From the main site: “The aeroshroud protecting the GoPro was intended to be CNC cut from aluminum but time constraints forced me to us the FDM printed plastic version which obviously melted!”