In a giant leap for the company, GoPro has released footage of a suborbital rocket launch that climbed to 396,000ft (120,700 meters) and hit speeds up to Mach 5.5 (3800 mph or 6115 km/h) at engine burnout.
The launch in the video took place at Spaceport America in New Mexico on November 6, 2015, with a 20-foot tall SpaceLoft-10 sounding rocket from Colorado-based launch provider UP Aerospace.
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The purpose of the launch was to test the entry, descent, and landing capabilities for the Maraia Earth-return capsule. In a press release, NASA stated that the capsule is expected to become an “inexpensive, autonomous International Space Station-based vehicle to provide on-demand return of small scientific and engineering payloads.”
“The new payload deployment capability from UP Aerospace was successfully demonstrated, opening the opportunity for future entry, descent and landing technologies to be tested and matured under Flight Opportunities,” adds Paul De Leon, NASA Flight Opportunities Program campaign manager.