Tesla Sentry Mode is great at capturing vandals and thieves, witnessing fistfights, and identifying people who like to be just plain evil. Today, however, Sentry Mode caught something else. Along with millions around the world watching, this particular Tesla caught footage of SpaceX’s historic launch at Kennedy Space Center.
My @Tesla Model 3 definitely had one of the best views in the house captured on Sentry Mode!!! HUGE CONGRATS again to @NASA / @SpaceX / @elonmusk !!! It’s the dawn of a new era of spaceflight! #launchamerica #DM2 pic.twitter.com/HDFkSZwIiF
— Everyday Astronaut (@Erdayastronaut) May 30, 2020
Tim Dodd is a very popular YouTuber who is known as The Everyday Astronaut. He worked tirelessly on recording footage of the launch, interviewed Elon Musk, and is well-loved by the space community. He is also a Tesla owner and his Tesla Model 3 took its own footage of the launch. In the video that he tweeted, you can clearly see the Falcon 9 takeoff and him cheering.
This will probably go down as one of the coolest ever Sentry Mode recordings in the history of Sentry Mode. However, this isn’t the first time Sentry Mode has recorded SpaceX rocket launches. In 2019, John Dominici’s Model 3 also recorded a launch while Sentry Mode was enabled. His Model 3 recorded the Falcon Heavy launch. You can see it in the top right corner of the video below.
— John Dominici (@johndominici) April 12, 2019
Earlier this year, Supercluster shared Erik Kuna’s footage of his Model 3’s Sentry Mode that was triggered by the ignition of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The sound waves traveled from Launchpad 39A and activated Sentry Mode.
— Supercluster (@SuperclusterHQ) January 19, 2020
In 2019, Trevor Mahlmann parked his Tesla Model 3 in the perfect position. It faced NASA’s Orion Ascent Abort-2 launch and had some pretty cool footage.
Unknowingly parked my @Tesla Model 3 facing the NASA Orion Ascent Abort-2 launch. Going through the SavedClips folder today on the USB drive, I found that Sentry Mode automatically recorded it – how cool!
(sound added from my phone video) pic.twitter.com/eTCJPMtYAf
— 📸Trevor Mahlmann (@TrevorMahlmann) July 8, 2019
Also in 2019, Tesla Milton’s Sentry Mode caught the ULA launch of the Delta IV.
— Tesla Milton 🇨🇦😷 (@TeslaMilton) August 26, 2019
Perhaps Sentry Mode catching rocket launches could turn into a fun, new trend. Either way, it is a really unique type of technology that has helped a lot of Tesla owners get justice for the abuse by total strangers of their vehicles.