At about T+1:51, the lower left tile switches to some camera view I don't understand. But only for the fraction of a second, then view is back to normal.

Video at that position:

Snapshot of that particular moment:

what's the lower left vies?


My guess? Its the top of the second stage engine. Unusual place for a camera, maybe they have monitoring cameras everywhere so that if something untoward happens they can resurrect the footage and glean some answers? But it looks a lot to me like engine bay electronics - whether its first or second stage is the real question.

  • $\begingroup$ There is an answer or a comment here somewhere that mentions an estimate of the total number of cameras on and in a F9. I think it's like fifty or sixty, but I can't find it yet. I expected it to be near the question Roughly how many self-viewing cameras are present in a Falcon 9 LEO mission? but it's not there now. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Mar 31 '18 at 17:13
  • $\begingroup$ Why do you guess that it's an engine's top? Are there any other pictures of such a part? Or sketches or animations? $\endgroup$ – Everyday Astronaut Apr 1 '18 at 7:09

It’s interesting how mundane that looks. The wiring is loosely held; not something I’d have expected for a high-G rocket. And you can see a couple of low-pressure actuators that would be at home in anybody’s car.

I wonder if it’s an internal view of some space in The Roadster. Maybe to check that nothing is shaking loose?


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