Progress M-10M rocket tumbling (HR) observation

From: Ralf Vandebergh (
Date: Wed May 18 2011 - 13:29:59 UTC

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    Hi all,
    This is one of my best accomplishments to data (I’m not saying that often). The observation shows tumbling of the upper stage
    for the Progress M-10M, launched April 27. The images are taken one day after launch. Angular speed of the rocket was about
    2 degrees per second which is very fast. Tracking is still managed fully manually. 
    The movements visible in the observation are pure rocket-own and not related to seeing, tracking or other technical issues.
    The second animation (to the right shows only a small moment in this fast pass to show that the frames show same attitude
    and shape, only air turbulence is visible.
    Best regards,
    Ralf Vandebergh
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