Rare HD footage of Earth-in-orbit by TechDemoSat-1

Rare HD footage of Earth-in-orbit by TechDemoSat-1

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UK: The entirely UK-built satellite TechDemoSat-1 has released a stunning video of Earth right after its separation from its launch rocket high above the Pacific.

The 30-second video shows the sun rising from the top of the frame, the Earth below, and then clear shots of the Pacific Ocean and French Polynesia.

Sir Martin Sweeting, exec chair, SSTL said, " “It is very rare to see actual footage of our satellites in orbit, and so viewing the video taken from TechDemoSat-1 moments after separation from the rocket has been a hugely rewarding and exciting experience for everyone at SSTL."

The spacecraft is developed by Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) and the objective of the metre-cubed spacecraft is to allow UK firms to prove their instruments and technology in a bid to win global contracts.

Source: BBC