We've put together a short discussion with an explanation of how we install our cameras on our WRA2 World Altitude Record holding water rockets. Our installation method comes from almost 10 years of experimentation and testing. If you are concerned about the forces that a camera will be subjected to in a water rocket launch, you can be assured that if you follow our methods you will not have any issues.
One issue with many of these little cameras is the fact that the time-stamp feature that superimposes the date and time on the bottom of the video is switched on and cannot be disabled. We have a tutorial series on YouTube that explains a cool way to turn them off using the Texas Instruments MSP430 Launchpad Evaluation Kit and some simple soldering skills (don't worry, we walk you through it step-by-step in our video series).
Now, that you have the camera you will want to install it in your rocket. Our method is amazingly simple. We have constructed a section of our rocket which is designed to contain all of the electronics and batteries for the rocket flight. This section which we refer to as the Electronics Bay houses the flight controller and altimeter as well as the deploy electronics and the camera.
There you have it, we hope that you find this little discussion useful and inspiring.
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