Safety Orange Rocket Launch Video

I was listening to Major Tom by Shiny Toy Guns in my car the other day. There’s a part in the song where she says,

“The count goes on

4, 3, 2, 1…”

When I heard those lyrics, I thought of the rocket launch I went to on January 14, 2012. Dmitriy and John, 2 other members of ML256, launched their rocket Safety Orange twice that day. I thought that it would be really cool to sync up the rocket taking off and the “4, 3, 2, 1” part of the song.

So I started playing around with some video editing software. After a few minutes of editing the video that was taken from that day, I realized that the video editor I had wasn’t going to work for this project. So I talked to crashcartpro and he suggested I use OpenShot.

And away I went with the video editing. With help from crashcartpro, ratmandu, ramgraden, and korc I had a 2 minute and 24 second video in 2 days.

The rocket launch happens about 53 seconds in and at about 1:50 is where the rocket can be seen again deploying its parachute. Make sure you watch till the end…Dmitriy does a happy dance!

I used InkscapeΒ for the intro and credits clips. And of course, OpenShot for the video editing. The song in the background is, you guessed it, Major Tom by Shiny Toy Guns.

Here is a link to the video.

Here is some more info about Safety Orange.

I’m really excited to do some more video editing in the very near future! Let me know what you think of this video!



  1. πŸ˜› Great job! I like how the countdown syncs right up with the launch.

  2. That video looks amazing! Great job Jenn!

  3. Kudos to the talented camera operator that shot that video… πŸ˜‰

  4. LOVED IT! πŸ˜›
    Great job on the video. Had to watch it multiple times.

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