Trying to capture a rocket test using a high-speed camera requires some specialty equipment. Trying to capture that footage with enough dynamic range to see the detail in the plume and in the booster required NASA to develop a whole new camera. Watch this latest footage from a new camera NASA developed to capture a rocket test in slow motion and with high dynamic range.
This new prototype camera is called the High Dynamic Range Stereo X, or HiDyRS-X for short, and it was developed with the sole purpose of capturing high speed and high dynamic range footage of rocket tests. Where most high-speed cameras use a single exposure and blow out the detail in the plume, this new camera is able to capture multiple exposures in slow motion and blend them together, giving unprecedented detail in situations like a rocket test.
The camera is still a prototype and the team did encounter a few issues while testing. The automatic timer failed, forcing a manual start and the power cord fell out due to the booster shaking the ground so there was only a few seconds of footage. Regardless, the footage they did capture was incredible, and the team is already working on an even more powerful version of this camera.
For more information on this test you can read the full report over at NASA's website.