Feb 15

3U CubeSat integrated with Prox 1 (launched on Falcon Heavy / STP-2 mission)

LightSail-2 solar sailing demo (approx. date)
Apr 17


Northrop Grumman CRS mission #11 (NG-11, on Antares 230) (approx. date)
Aug 15

North American Eagle 800-mph supersonic car

World land speed record attempt (approx. date)
Nov 15


Northrop Grumman CRS mission #12 (NG-12, on Antares 230) (approx. date)


Delta IV Launch Success Ushers in Record Year for Ecliptic's RocketCam™

2003 Mar 12

The successful launch of Boeing's Delta IV rocket on Monday involved a record four RocketCam™ onboard imaging systems for capturing dramatic views of liftoff, first stage separation, second stage nozzle extension and operation, payload fairing separation, spacecraft spin-up and finally, spacecraft separation.

At the very end of the allowable launch window early Monday evening, the huge Delta IV rocket roared from its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and within 45 minutes successfully inserted its USAF DSCS III A-3 spacecraft payload into the desired low Earth orbit. An abbreviated version of the RocketCam video can be viewed at Ecliptic's Gallery page.

This launch also represented the first of a record number of scheduled launches using RocketCams within a single year. The popular onboard imaging system, available exclusively through Ecliptic, will be employed on nine more missions in 2003 – nearly twice the launch rate and three times the number of camera systems used in any previous year. As well, RocketCams will be employed later this year on flights involving high-attitude balloons and experimental aircraft, with spacecraft-based RocketCams coming in 2004.

The next two launches involving RocketCams are expected to be a Titan IV and Delta II in April.

To date, RocketCams have been used with 100% success on nearly two dozen launches since 1997 – including Boeing Delta II, Delta III and Delta IV rockets; Lockheed Martin Atlas 2, Atlas 3 and Atlas 5 models; Lockheed Martin Titan IV; and NASA's Space Shuttle.

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