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How NASA Filmed Apollo, the Shuttle and Other Launches

In cameras, Videos by Paul Shillito5 Comments

  These are some of the iconic pieces of launch footage from the space race and the shuttle program, shots taken that would impossible for any human to see up close and personal and many of these were done long before we had miniature high definition cameras and high-speed data links beaming footage live from space. So how did NASA film these incredible shots of Apollo and the Space shuttle? Now as good as these look from an aesthetic point of view they weren’t done to just wow the public, they had a very important engineering role and that was …

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Ultra High Speed Cameras – How do you film a tank shell in flight or a Nuclear bomb test?

In cameras, Videos by Paul Shillito3 Comments

In my last video I looked railguns, now whilst I was reviewing the footage I started wondering how they filmed the projectiles in flight. These were not a typical high-speed cameras shots like a bullet hitting a target, for example, these track the projectile from the barrel and down the firing range. From the footage, it looks like the camera is panning around and following the projectile but that would be impossible,  the tank round is travelling at over  1500m per second and would normally look like this. For all of you out there who said it was done with …