GoPro rocket ride: Camera shrugs off Mach 5.5 and 396,000 feet altitude


posted Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 3:14 PM EDT

Sure, videos of GoPro cameras strapped to extreme sports athletes are exciting, and I'll happily watch footage like that every time it pops up online, but this latest video is a bit more, well, extreme. How about strapping some GoPro cameras to a rocket to witness it launch into space at blistering speeds?

GoPro mounted an array of GoPro Hero4 cameras to an UP Aerospace rocket to document the launch from multiple angles. The 20-foot tall SpaceLoft-10 rocket reaches speeds of 3,800 miles per hour (or Mach 5.5 for the aeronautically-inclined reader). Check out the video below to see the GoPro cameras rocket (forgive the pun) to an altitude of around 396,000 feet (75 miles).

This particular rocket launched from Spaceport America in New Mexico in November, with a mission to put an 11-pound capsule into space (and test its ability to return back to Earth).

It is worth making note of the air speed, altitude, and outside air temperature gauges along the bottom left corner of the video. I knew that GoPro cameras were tough, but I had no idea that they would be able to withstand conditions like those seen in the video above.

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(Seen via Digital Trends