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)


RocketCam Supports Resumed Shuttle Activity During 2006

2006 Dec 12

Ecliptic's RocketCam systems supported resumption of Shuttle launches in 2006 following nearly a year-long halt since the Shuttle program's Return-to-Flight launch in late July, 2005 (STS-114).

A RocketCam system integrated with the External Tank on that launch captured the startling scene of a large piece of insulating foam separating from the ET during the Shuttle's ascent, falling away and barely missing the orbiter Discovery's starboard wing.  This event caused a launch standown for the entire Shuttle program as a broad technical team investigated the root cause of falling foam, conceived of fixes and implemented them.

Shuttle launches resumed without incident on July 04, 2006, as Discovery successfully executed mission STS-121, ferrying crew, cargo and supplies the the International Space Station&emdash;this time with RocketCam not only on the ET but also each Solid Rocket Booster.  All RocketCam views were looking aft.

Two months later Atlantis was successfully launched to ISS (mission STS-115) on September 9, followed by Discovery three months later (December 9) on STS-116, also to ISS. 

Besides these three Shuttle missions, on November 16 RocketCam also supported a night-time test firing of another in a series of Shuttle SRB tests at the ATK plant in northern Utah.

All RocketCam systems operated well during all of this Shuttle-related activity.

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