Watching A Rocket Launch From Space

We pointed an on-orbit Dove satellite towards the Baikanour Cosmodrome to capture the images used in this animation of the launch of our latest flock of 48 satellites on board the Soyuz rocket.

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To create this animation, we pointed a Dove approximately 50 degrees off-nadir towards the pad, capturing one still image per second of the fixed target as the Dove travelled overhead at an approximate speed of seven kilometers per second (or 15,658 MPH). Then our Imaging Team cropped and stitched the stills together. All in all, this short clip covers about two and a half minutes in real-time including lift off and flight.

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