As usual in such cases, dozens of cameras flocked to the Kennedy Space Center and its surroundings to capture the moment. Among them, a very special Zcam E2 controlled by means of joystick.
The camera was operated by the team at Cosmic Perspective, and was used to shoot the launch in slow-motion, at 120 fps, in 4K. What resulted can be seen in the video at the bottom of the page.
Cosmic Perspective says what we see in the video below has been shot in such a way that the crop factor is the equivalent of using a 5,000 mm zoom lens.
And that is plainly visible in the images posted this weekend, both in terms of detail and shaky hands. For the entire duration of the ascent, the Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon are clearly visible, down to the smallest of details. That’s when the craft is centered in the frame, that is.
Given the level of magnification, and despite having joystick control over the camera, the operator does lose sight of the rocket from time to time.
Even so, the entire experience is one you rarely come across.
Cosmic Perspective is a group of people dedicated to shooting rocket launches in ways never before attempted. The group is currently in the process of making a documentary short titled Guidance Internal: Lessons from Astronauts that ought to forever change the way in which we see space exploration.