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This article was published on May 4, 2016

    Watch this GoPro equipped rocket blast to 396k feet at speeds of Mach 5.5

    Bryan Clark
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    Bryan Clark

    Former Managing Editor, TNW

    Bryan is a freelance journalist. Bryan is a freelance journalist.

    Today, GoPro released some truly amazing footage of a suborbital rocket launch that saw a SpaceLoft-10 rocket carry two cameras to 396,405 feet at speeds of up to Mach 5.5.

    The 20-foot tall rocket from UP Aerospace launched from Spaceport America in New Mexico last November. The mission was the company’s fourth mission for NASA’s Flight Opportunity Program, a project designed to give innovative aerospace technologies the means and access to relevant environments for flight testing.

    With this launch, UP Aerospace intended to launch an 11-pound capsule — Maraia — into space, and then test its stability upon re-entry. You can see the capsule deploy successfully at 1:17 in the video.

    In a press release, NASA stated its intentions for the capsule to become an “inexpensive, autonomous International Space Station-based vehicle to provide on-demand return of small scientific and engineering payloads.”