Monday, 24 April, 2017

NASA to show 1st live 360-degree view of rocket launch

Space station supply ship at launch pad honors John Glenn Unmanned rocket named in honor of John Glenn set to launch supplies to International Space Station
Theresa Hayes | 19 April, 2017, 00:42

The Orbital ATK Cygnus rocket launch is the seventh commercial resupply mission (CRS-7) to the ISS and it will transport crew supplies, science experiments, and equipment, among other things, to the astronauts in space. Although there are tons of video and streaming of former rocket launches that perfectly capture boosters beaming up into space, the world is about to see the first 360-degree video footage of a rocket launch live.

The Atlas V rocket at complex 41 at Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA, is already counting down to launch a mission involving United Launch Alliance (ULA), NASA, and Orbital ATK as part of the US commercial space initiatives.

By the time the Cygnus arrives, the station will have two new crew members.

Four fisheye lens cameras will capture the action. Weather conditions were flawless for the launch, and NASA broadcast the event on its NASA TV media channel.

The US cargo ships provided by NASA suppliers Orbital ATK and SpaceX every few months act as NASA's essential railroad to space.

Those who own virtual reality headsets will be able to look around and experience the view as if they were actually standing on the launch pad, NASA said.

However, given that the Cygnus spacecraft and its cargo was only 15,928 pounds (7,225 kilograms) going to low-Earth orbit, the vehicle was more than up to the task. The live 360-degree stream will be started from10 minutes earlier than the takeoff of Cygnus spacecraft, said NASA in a recent statement.

The capsule was carrying a space combustion experiment that will intentionally burn a single large sample of material to study flame development in space. The launch is set to have an effect on 18th April during a 30-minute window that will be fired up at 11:11 a.m. EDT, 18th April 2017.

United Launch Alliance has released 360-degree video of two previous launches, but later - not live. Glenn was the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth - a feat he accomplished in 1962.