Wednesday, August 13, 2014

TechDemoSat-1 in orbit Snaps Soyuz Launch Companion - video

Video taken in-orbit on 8 July 2014 using an inspection camera on-board the TechDemoSat-1 satellite starting about 30 seconds after separation from the launcher.

At 6 seconds the Sun appears at the top of the frame as a very bright white flare, before the rotation of the satellite reveals a view of Earth below, of the Pacific Ocean south of French Polynesia.

At 25 seconds, the Fregat upper stage of the Soyuz-2 launch vehicle appears as a gold object passing left to right at a distance of approx 60 metres.

At 34 seconds a white dot crosses the frame left to right, this is almost certainly one of the other satellites that shared the ride into orbit with TechDemoSat-1.

The inspection camera which took the video footage is there to monitoring the behaviour of key mechanics, including the Antenna Pointing Mechanism which is in view for the duration of this video.

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