ERAU student: Rocket vibrations interfered with 360-degree view

By Jerry Hume, Reporter
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 12:42 PM EDT

Although Tuesday's Atlas V rocket launch was successful, NASA's first live, 360-degree view of the rocket from the launch pad had problems.

The vibrations from the rocket interfered with the live stream, according to an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student.

Embry-Riddle's students and teachers were trying to take part in history by using virtual-reality headsets. The students and their professor, Ryan Kobrick, had no problem setting up the goggles and looking around to see the launch pad and rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

However, right before liftoff, something happened with the feed.

“This would have been the first live (360-degree view) I would have seen, but actually what happened was something that happens with a lot of live streams and rocket launches," student Nick Lopac said. "The vibration from just the takeoff throttled the entire stream so all I could see was the rocket on the pad and five seconds later, it’s in the air.

"So I didn’t even get to see the launch just because of that fact,” Lopac said.

However, the students did not miss out and still could see the Atlas V over the Atlantic for a few minutes after it got off the pad.