Proprietary space-grade cameras are expensive, limited, and a pain to develop. Smallsat manufacturer NanoAvionics recently sidestepped any development issues and opted for something off the shelf instead. The company used a GoPro Hero 7 mounted to a custom-built selfie stick to take a selfie that’s truly out of this world.
NanoAvionics’s MP42 microsatellite bus took the 12-megapixel selfie at an altitude of 342 miles (550 km) above Australia’s Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef, according to a press release. The private firm, with offices in the US, the UK, and Lithuania, says it’s “the first ever 4K resolution full satellite selfie in space with an immersive view of Earth.” The smallsat, along with two other NanoAvionics-built satellite buses, launched to space in April aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.