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RocketCam Eight for Eight in 2008

2008 Dec 01

Ecliptic's RocketCam family reprised its perfect 2007 record by scoring another eight mission successes in eight attempts during 2008.

Shuttle launches kicked off the year's activity with the launch of STS-122 (Atlantis, February 7), followed by STS-123 (Endeavor, March 11), STS-124 (Discovery, May 31) and STS-126 (Endeavor, November 14).  All missions supported International Space Station logistics.

RocketCam found its way to geosynchronous orbit twice, onboard commercial telecommunications satellites built by Space Systems Loral.  The first was onboard the ICO-G1 spacecraft (launched April 14); the 3-camera RocketCam system captured the complex, 4-hour deployment of the 12 meter-diameter RF antenna onboard ICO-G1.  A two-camera RocketCam system was launched to GEO on July 15 onboard the Echostar-11 spacecraft.   First turned on on July 28, this system provides a live color video feed of the "blue marble" Earth view for DISH Network subscribers&emdash;a first for the satellite cable industry.

Rounding out the year were two expendable rocket launches:  a Delta II (OSTM/Jason 2, June 20) and another Missile Defense Agency-sponsored Medium Range Target test (JFTM-2, November 19).

Compared to 2008, 2009 should be a more active year for RocketCam launches and mission applications.

 

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