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First 360 degree video recording from an amateur rocket

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Portland State Aerospace may be the first group of individuals to mount a 360 degree camera on an amateur-built rocket!

  • The DIY 360 camera was built from 5 readily available GoPros and mounted in 3D printed parts enclosed in an aluminum tube
  • The recording was triggered by a remote shutter cable controlled through a Raspberry Pi
  • Once recorded, the footage was download from each camera and then "stitched" together using post processing software

The Portland State Aerospace unit at Portland Space University have made great strides in the field of amateur rocketry. The ambitious project’s goal was to mount a DIY 360 camera built from 5 readily available GoPros mounted in a 3D printed parts enclosed in an aluminum tube as one of the rocket’s payload modules.

First 360 degree video recording from an amateur rocket

Courtesy: PSAS

Here is a view of the completed camera module:

First 360 degree video recording from an amateur rocket

Courtesy: PSAS

Holes were bored into the enclosure to be able to turn on the cameras before launch. The recording was triggered by a remote shutter cable controlled through a Raspberry Pi.

Afterwards, all of the footage was download and then “stitched” together using post processing software. To view the 360 video, see the video above and “drag” the screen to look around.

For more detailed information, build logs, 3d model files and more, please visit the PSAS website.

 

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