GoPros have become one of the most popular forms of technology in recent years. People can film anything from just a daily walk on the beach to skiing off a massive mountain. There are uses for everyone it seems. It seems that the more extreme, the better for people who use these cameras. While I’ve seen some pretty amazing stuff captured with a GoPro, I don’t know if I’ve seen anything quite like this. Back in November of 2015, UP Aerospace Inc launched their SL-10 rocket into near space. The mission was to deploy the Maraia Capsule testing the aerodynamics and stability of the payload on re-entry to the atmosphere. While all the scientific talk may not interest you, the fact that they strapped multiple GoPros to the rocket might. The camera captures some absolutely incredible footage, and it’s just now being released. These pictures are stunning, and some will really make you question our place in the universe.
This is the SL-10 rocket. It stands roughly 20 feet (6 meters) tall.
The thrust on this rocket is unbelievable. It reached speeds as high as Mach 5.5, or 3,800 MPH!
The views that the GoPro provided are absolutely stunning.
This is the point that the rocket reached near-space. You can see the shell created by the atmosphere around our planet.
The views from this high up are pretty much unbeatable. It was at this elevation that the rocket was programmed to break apart.
This shot really makes you think. Our problems on this earth are so trivial when you stop to think about the fact that we literally are a floating rock in an expanse of complete black.
This is probably one of the coolest parts of the footage. You can actually watch as the GoPro pans to the rocket, and you can see it break apart!
This is a shot of that exact same moment in time, but from a GoPro mounted to the top portion of the rocket.
Being able to see the Earth like this in person must be one of the most surreal things you could ever do.
This mountain range looks tiny from all the way up there.
From there the camera makes a quick descent before deploying its parachute and making a landing in a tree.
Check Out The Whole Video Below! It Is Incredible From Start To Finish.
Seeing the Earth from such a high altitude can really give you a new perspective of our home. Sometimes it takes seeing the Earth this way for people to realize that we really are just a speck of dust in this vast, gigantic universe. The GoPro performed its duties admirably, better than I would have expected to be honest. I wasn’t sure it would keep working at these types of altitudes and temperatures, but it kept filming and providing great shots the entire time. Hopefully the actual test the rocket was conducting went off without a hitch, and even if it didn’t at least they got some great footage out of it.