I wouldn't be so sure of that. Some info has come to light about that video and it's not good. First of all, "his custom-made" tracking software
seems to be either stolen from or donated by the Air Force...
The Air Force Institute of Technology has spent the last seven years conducting research on orbit identification and object characterization of
space objects through the use of commercial-off-the-shelf hardware systems controlled via custom software routines, referred to simply as TeleTrak. scholar.afit.edu...
Commercial off the shelf hardware, translation, commercial telescopes like the Meade used for that video. In fact, further into the document it
specifically mentions it being used on Meade telescopes for tracking fast movers, mostly satellites and ISS, optically. He just applied it to
tracking rockets, but he didn't design the software. Maybe he was involved with updating it, or maybe they let him use it after it became deprecated?
One wonders why a so-called "amateur astronomer" would be using Air Force software though. Normal people don't have access to that kind of stuff,
even normal people with telescopes usually end up with footage that looks more like this:
And if we take a still frame from normal footage of the landing we can see a normal, flat image in the GRIDS and GRIDS-Inversed analysis: nofile.io...
Looks good, doesn't look like there's any sign of image tampering. The one you posted on the other hand... nofile.io...
Yowch, there's very strong evidence of image manipulation in the GRIDS-Inversed analysis. It's around the same point in the landing, both were
supposedly filmed with telescopes, but this one has a very strong sign of being edited right where the rocket is in the image. So much for the video
being "unedited footage."
It begs the question, why is the Air Force helping promote this SpaceX launch through a plant posing as an "amateur?" Why is his video manipulated
even though he says it's "unedited?" I honestly don't have the answers, but they're compelling questions.
edit on 27-2-2018 by RTLSLZ1 because:
ATS broke the links
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