We've seen a lot of lapse-time, but this one is probably unique as it captures the launch of a Progress rocket directly from the International Space Station (ISS).
In orbit at 30,000 km / h, 400 km high, the ISS needs regular supplies from the Earth to replenish its stock of fuel, oxygen, water and food. Since NASA removed the space shuttle in 2011, this task is now mainly performed by unmanned cargo modules, such as the Russian spacecraft Progress MS-10. The latest ISS delivery mission, launched on November 16 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, provided 2.5 tons of fuel, of which about 750 kg of propellant, 75 kg of oxygen and oxygen. 39 air and 440 liters of water, among others. European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst (Germany) captured the take-off sequence of the Russian Soyuz rocket as the ISS passed over the launch pad. The spacecraft are launched after flying over the space station, so they catch up with the orbital outpost that must dock, two days later, on November 18, 2018. The astronaut used the recently delivered Nikon D5 to film the launch of the rocket, Nikon being the official supplier. cameras from the ISS.
The European Space Agency states: "The images were taken from the Cupola module of European construction with a camera set to take pictures at regular intervals. The images are then played back one after the other at a speed 8 to 16 times faster than the normal speed. The video shows about 15 minutes of normal speed launch. "
Here are the highlights of this video:
- 0:07 Soyuz-FG Rocket Recoil Separation
- 0:20 Separation of the basic steps.
- 0:34 The Progress spacecraft separates from the rocket and enters orbit to catch up with the International Space Station.
- 0:37 The central phase begins to burn in the atmosphere when it returns to Earth after exhausting all its fuel.