NASA camera melts during SpaceX Falcon 9 launch

A maestro NASA photographer Bill Ingalls was present during Falcon 9 rocket launch by SpaceX from the Vandenberg Air Force Base. Falcon 9 was launched on Tuesday evening carrying a payload of seven satellites.

But, the incredulity came when Ingalls observed that one of his camera melted in a brush fire but still managed to capture photos during the launch. The camera, was 400 metres away from the launch pad and remarkably managed to take amazing pictures of the brush fire and launch.


Ingalls posted photos of melted camera and its captured photos said, Well, one remote cam outside the pad perimeter was found to be a bit toast(y). sigh and yes it made pix until its demise.

Ingalls had fixed five Cameras at the Space Launch Complex 4E, name of SpaceX launch pad, and this was one of the five cameras set up by him to capture the launch of NASAs twin GRACE-FO satellites.

The camera was notified by a firefighter after the launch, when he arrived to secure the launching site. Ingalls reported that however he had placed other 4 cameras closer to the launch pad and they were safe.


Bill Ingalls is an ace photographer capturing NASA projects since 1989. He shared his experience and said that it was the first incident when his camera got melted during a launch.

Despite the burn, camera snapped a single frame of SpaceX Falcon 9 launch. Ingalls wrote that at least he got a frame the camera got incinerated.

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