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October 4, 2009


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Photographer Ben Cooper's camera was near but he was, wisely, far far away:
Delta 4-Heavy roars into orbit with DSP-23, the final Defense Support Program missile-warning satellite, at 8:50pm EST from Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, November 10, 2007. Delta 4-Heavy, over 23 stories tall, is the world's largest rocket by height and most powerful unmanned booster.,,, The particular setup for this was sound activated. The lens was destroyed (worth it of course) but the camera survived this one despite being severed from its ratchet straps and thrown to the ground, and the sound device used for this one disconnected from the camera and thrown about 200 feet backwards into the pad perimeter fence (still worked!). All settings are preset manually. No one is allowed closer than several miles from a launch. -- Airliners.net

Cooper on how it was done: About the Delta 4-Heavy DSP-23 photo

Posted by Vanderleun at October 4, 2009 11:02 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Having spent some time in the rocket business, and having seen up close what launch effects can do, I'm amazed that the camera survived. Great image.

Posted by: RKV at October 6, 2009 8:40 PM

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