The photographs of NASA's "melted camera", being set up to capture Tuesday's SpaceX Falcon 9 launch, are now doing rounds on social networking sites. Ingalls had a odd surprise after the Falcon 9 rocket took off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base located in Santa Barbara County.
The other cameras closer to the launch and within the safety perimeter were unharmed, as was the second remote device. As luck would have it the one that melted was farthest away.
The two Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-ons, each with a vehicle size of 220 km, will replace the older homonymous satellites that were launched in 2002 and were up to in 2017, recording, among other things, the contraction of ice in Antarctica and Greenland.
When he returned to the site he set up the ill-fated camera at, the space agency reports that firefighters were waiting for him with the destroyed camera.
SpaceX successfully launched five telecommunications satellites and two gravity-mapping NASA spacecraft into orbit. It was located 0.25 mile from the launchpad. R.I.P., Bill Ingalls Canon. His setup also included a microphone and remote-triggering box. "We will replace these units". As for how the footage of its demise exists, Ingalls said he was able to open the body and salvaged the still-intact memory card.
"The "toasty" camera (below right), as Ingalls calls it, is likely headed for display somewhere at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC".
NASA released an animation on Friday that shows a time-lapse sequence all of the photos taken by Ingalls' remote camera during and after the launch.