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Ecliptic Signed On to Both Active Private Solar Sail Missions

2002 Oct 14

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

Houston, TX – October 14, 2002 – At the World Space Congress convention today, it was announced that Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation has been invited to join both active private solar sail mission teams: The Planetary Society and its Cosmos-1 project, and Team Encounter and its Earthview Flight and Humanity's First Starship® missions.

Early last week Ecliptic's popular RocketCam™ product successfully debuted in NASA's Space Shuttle fleet aboard the orbiter Atlantis, and later in the week the firm announced its first order for a RocketCam system designed to be used on a spacecraft–the DART spacecraft now under development by Orbital Sciences Corporation.

For The Planetary Society in Pasadena, California, Ecliptic is on contract to provide pre-launch data-systems engineering for the Cosmos-1 Project Operations Pasadena center, followed by project operations support during the actual mission, planned for early 2003. The project's principal sponsor is Cosmos Studios. A paper on the project and the attempt to launch the first solar sail mission is being presented at the World Space Congress.

For Houston-based Team Encounter, Ecliptic has been designated as the supplier of the onboard color video systems for the Earthview and Starship missions. The first launch of the two, Earthview, is planned for late 2004. Ecliptic plans to supply versions of its RocketCam system for capturing dramatic views of sail deployment and departure activities. Other principal suppliers for these missions include Arianespace, L'Garde and Microsat Systems, Inc. Team Encounter is also presenting at the conference.

"We're pleased to be actively contributing to these ambitious and pathfinding entrepreneurial space projects. It's one of the places we want to be," said Ecliptic's CEO Rex Ridenoure. "These efforts will utilize our core strengths of data-transport systems engineering and onboard imaging systems while also tapping into our staff's extensive experience with real space missions."

Louis Friedman, Cosmos-1 Project Director and Executive Director of The Planetary Society, said: "We expect Ecliptic's innovative approach to low-cost missions combined with their real-world mission experience to help us in our exciting and ambitious project."

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