Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Saturn V in Slow Mo

Video from 1969 converted to HD (go to Vimeo to watch in HD) of a Saturn V liftoff. Saturn V is the largest rocket ever flown. It's HUGE!

This clip is raw from Camera E-8 on the launch umbilical tower/mobile launch program of Apollo 11, July 16, 1969. This is an HD transfer from the 16mm original. Even more excellent footage is available on our DVDs at our website at

The camera is running at 500 fps, making the total clip of over 8 minutes represent just 30 seconds of actual time. Narration is provided by Mark Gray (me), Executive Producer for Spacecraft Films.

Monday, April 26, 2010

"If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original"

My brother-in-law reminded me of this. The first time I watched it was in my second to last semester of college. My senior design professor showed it to our class and basically told us that most, if not all, our previous professors had "squandered" our creativity. He showed us this after realizing that none of us had been to machine shop or learned basic machining skills (and we were graduating in 1 year). I learned more about being creative in those 2 semesters than my entire college career.

Sucess!! (UPDATED)

Orbital's Minotaur IV rocket successfully launched! Read the article.

Here's also a short video. The guy's really corny (I mean really, really corny), but informative.