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AndrewGil

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I understand the idea of adding a down camera to the side of a rocket and get a fancy shield around it. However, if I wanted to put a GoPro or a Run Cam 4k in my rocket. How would I go about doing so? Does it live in the AV Bay? Can it go in the booster behind a cover of some nature?
 

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If you have enough space, you can integrate a split camera into the avionics bay and add a lense "faring" to the switch band. This one uses a RunCam Split 3.
 

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I just stick my RunCam 4K on the side with an enclosure I made. There are other options. Or are you using a RunCam 5?


 

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I just stick my RunCam 4K on the side with an enclosure I made. There are other options. Or are you using a RunCam 5?


Currently I am using nothing, but I am leaning more towards the Run Cams for their smaller form factor.
 

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Here's my RunCam2 4k installed onto the side of a 2.6" dia scratch built rocket. It works very well IMO. Only problem I've ever had was it stopped recording once when the separation charge fired at apogee.PXL_20230107_181427929.jpg
 

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I've flown lots of rockets with outboard video cameras (both down and up looking), and offer up the below as one method to fly a camera contained internal to a rocket airframe. For this project I modified a BT-80 payload tube to internally contain a Go-Pro Hero3 (and another board-camera along with a video transmitter system). The cameras are both oriented to look-out horizontally during boost. The payload section is then designed to orient itself horizontally during descent under chute so that the cameras both view the ground, as shown in the below images.

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Internal payload structure showing the Go-Pro and the additional small black board camera lens next to it (video transmit system, battery, antenna, etc. are internal, not shown).


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Payload system inserted into the BT-80 airframe. Aperture for both cameras is covered by a curved piece of plexiglass that is epoxied to outside of airframe.


Payload section as it descends under chute. Cameras are oriented down (to ground) and about 15 degrees to one side.
Given the orientation of the Go-Pro, I do have to rotate the Go-Pro video image 90 degrees (post processing in video editor) during boost to make things look right.
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If you have enough space, you can integrate a split camera into the avionics bay and add a lense "faring" to the switch band. This one uses a RunCam Split 3.
Are you willing to share the files for that Run Cam Split mount?
 

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I've flown lots of rockets with outboard video cameras (both down and up looking), and offer up the below as one method to fly a camera contained internal to a rocket airframe. For this project I modified a BT-80 payload tube to internally contain a Go-Pro Hero3 (and another board-camera along with a video transmitter system). The cameras are both oriented to look-out horizontally during boost. The payload section is then designed to orient itself horizontally during descent under chute so that the cameras both view the ground, as shown in the below images.

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Internal payload structure showing the Go-Pro and the additional small black board camera lens next to it (video transmit system, battery, antenna, etc. are internal, not shown).


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Payload system inserted into the BT-80 airframe. Aperture for both cameras is covered by a curved piece of plexiglass that is epoxied to outside of airframe.


Payload section as it descends under chute. Cameras are oriented down (to ground) and about 15 degrees to one side.
Given the orientation of the Go-Pro, I do have to rotate the Go-Pro video image 90 degrees (post processing in video editor) during boost to make things look right.
View attachment 555512
 

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Bit of a self plug, but I posted a 3D printable mount for the runcam 2 in various tube diameters that is also an option.

 

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Here is a short clip of a launch from a few years ago at NOVAAR's Great Meadows field. Rocket flew on a G80 to about 1000 ft. The video is from the Go-Pro Hero 3.
I edited the video down to just the boost and just a bit of the descent in order to upload.
View attachment Skunk, G80, very short.mp4
 

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Additive Aerospace makes a nice mount for Runcams and possibly others. Check them out - he's a forum member and nice guy.

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Yes - they have some nice camera shrouds, but nothing for the Run Cam Split line of cameras.
 

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Got busy with work. I'll upload the newer version this weekend. The one on thingiverse is OK but the MK 2 is better. It includes a piece that reinforces the pretty weak RunCam Split lense connection.
Thanks!
 

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I've just uploaded the "Mk2" design to thingiverse. Enjoy.
 
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