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First Onboard Live Video of a NASA Space Shuttle Launch Provided by Ecliptic RocketCam™ Imaging System

2002 Oct 07

Note: This is the full text of an Ecliptic news release distributed today by PR Newswire.

For highlights of this launch, see our Gallery page or selected stills from the video.

Pasadena, CA – October 7, 2002 – NASA, the aerospace community, television viewers and Internet surfers worldwide got an unprecedented view of a Space Shuttle launch today when Shuttle Atlantis roared into orbit while transmitting live video from a RocketCam™ Imaging System attached to the skin of its large external fuel tank.

The aft-facing RocketCam provided NASA's launch team and an eager world-wide audience with dramatic live, color video of the entire launch–beginning 10 minutes before liftoff and continuing uninterrupted through separation of the Shuttle's twin solid-rocket boosters and Atlantis' jettison of its empty external tank at the edge of space. The RocketCam transmission ceased about 15 minutes after liftoff when the tumbling external tank burned up during reentry high into the atmosphere above the Indian Ocean, while Atlantis continued on its 11-day mission to deliver a large solar array truss structure to the International Space Station.

RocketCam Imaging Systems have been bringing the drama of space to life since 1997. Available exclusively through Pasadena, California-based Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation, the leading provider of onboard video systems for use with rockets, spacecraft and other remote platforms, RocketCam has been 100% successful on all 21 launches to date.

The unique camera system is employed regularly by The Boeing Company on their Delta II and Delta III rockets and by Lockheed Martin Astronautics on their Atlas 2, Atlas 3, Atlas 5 and Titan IV rockets. The next scheduled use of RocketCam will be on the early November inaugural launch of Boeing's large Delta IV, which will orbit a communications satellite for Paris-based Eutelsat.

Each RocketCam generates live, full-color video from onboard its host platform, which is then transmitted to receiving equipment on the ground for subsequent distribution to launch control centers, technical and management audiences, media outlets and the public.

"Ecliptic is pleased that our technology has provided this new view of a Shuttle launch–always an exciting phase of each mission," said Rex Ridenoure, Ecliptic's CEO and President. "We look forward to expanding our RocketCam experience gained on launch systems into other extreme environments that people are curious about, such as in Earth orbit, deep space, the stratosphere and similarly remote locations."

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