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TechDemoSat-1
TechDemoSat-1 video from orbit

TechDemoSat-1 video from orbit

TechDemoSat-1 has captured a video from orbit, moments after separation from the launcher on 8th July 2014. 

The video capture starts rolling approximately 30 seconds after TechDemoSat-1 is injected into orbit by the launcher, and was taken by an inspection camera mounted on the exterior of the spacecraft, with the lens trained on the satellite’s Antenna Pointing Mechanism. As the video rolls the camera lens captures the first moments of TechDemoSat-1’s mission, starting with a view into the darkness of free Space. At 6 seconds in, the Sun appears at the top of the frame as a very bright white flare, with a black dot at the centre where the image is saturated by the intensity of the light. As the Sun disappears from view, the satellite’s rotation reveals a spectacular vista of “blue marble” Earth below, with the lens capturing cloudy skies over the Pacific, south of French Polynesia.

At 25 seconds into the video the Fregat upper stage of the Soyuz-2 rocket appears as a gold object passing away from the satellite left to right at a distance of approximately 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 video finishes with the rotation of the spacecraft bringing the Earth back into view.

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Satellite Data

Name:
TechDemoSat-1

Customer:
UK Gov: Technology Strategy Board

Mission:
Science/Technology Demonstrator

Mass:
150kg

Platform:
SSTL-150

Launch Data

Launch Date:
8 July 2014 16:58:28 BST

Launch Site:
Baikonur, Kazakhstan

Launcher:
Soyuz-2 with Fregat upper stage

Orbit:
~635km sun-synchronous, LTDN 9.00am