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 Four for Four on Expendable Rocket Launches During Second Half of 2006

2006 Dec 20

Ecliptic's RocketCam systems provided compelling onboard views from four different expendable rocket types during the second half of the year, chalking up another four successes from four launch attempts.

On June 22 a capable RocketCam avionics unit controlled a suite of imaging sensors during another test of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Medium Range Target system.   The RocketCam avionics unit was integrated with the target's booster rocket, supplied by Orbital Sciences Corporation, and some of the sensors onboard were also supplied by Ecliptic.

On November 4 RocketCam captured the action onboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV (Medium) rocket, which successfully launched the USAF DMSP F17 spacecraft into Earth orbit.

Five weeks later, on December 14, a ULA-supplied Delta II rocket lofted the National Reconnaissance Office's NROL-21 spacecraft into orbit, with RocketCam providing the launch and ascent views.

Finally, on December 16 RocketCam provided first-ever onboard views from a Minotaur 1 rocket launching the USAF TacSat-2 spacecraft into orbit.   The Minotaur rocket family is also supplied by Orbital.

RocketCam marked another superb year during 2006, with 7 successes on 7 launches and successful support to a ground-based Shuttle SRB test firing.  Activity for 2007 is expected to be at a similar level, with a RocketCam launch every 4-8 weeks all year.






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