Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2004
The sponsor for the X Prize competition, the X Prize Foundation, will webcast the X Prize action on each flight day, September 29 and October 4, starting in the early morning hours California time. For the September 29 flight, the webcast start time is 6 a.m. PDT.
For the first time on any of the pioneering SpaceShipOne flights, a live downlink from Ecliptic's RocketCam™ onboard video system will be viewable by the public, via this webcast. This live feed has been in use for over a year during the developmental test program for this new piloted suborbital launch system, but to date only the development team has seen it.
Go to http://xprize.primary.net/webcast to follow the flight.
Ecliptic provided the onboard RocketCam video systems for both vehicles early in the flight test program.
Also, for over two years the behind-the-scenes story of the development of the SpaceShipOne and White Knight manned suborbital launch system has been documented so it can be shared with the interested public. Discovery Channel will broadcast the result, Black Sky: The Race for Space, in a 2-hour special airing first on October 3, a few days after the September 29 flight. The second and perhaps winning flight for this innovative launch system is tentatively scheduled for October 4. A rebroadcast of Black Sky with a recap of the X Prize run is scheduled for October 7. Highlights of the various onboard views of the dramatic flight test events, from multiple cameras placed inside and outside the two vehicles, will be featured in the Discovery Channel special. See a sample clip at our website.
Be sure to carefully check local broadcast times for your time zone and Discovery Channel TV service provider to catch these broadcasts.
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