From: NASA HQ
Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2000
Headquarters, Washington, DC
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL
NASA's multimedia partner, Dreamtime Holdings, Inc., has delivered the first of two shipments of high definition television equipment that will be used to provide cutting-edge coverage of upcoming space missions.
Marshall Space Flight Center has received, assembled and tested this first of two deliveries from Dreamtime. NASA estimates the television equipment is worth $100,000 and it's expected improve the quality of ground television coverage of space launches, as well as provide enhanced documentation of Earth-based scientific and research activities.
The camera lenses, tripods and support equipment are headed to Russia and will be used for television coverage of the historic Expedition One launch, currently planned for Oct. 30.
Expedition One, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, will fly American Commander Bill Shepard and Russian cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev to their new home aboard the International Space Station (ISS). They will be the first crew to live and conduct experiments aboard the ISS, spending four months in orbit before returning to Earth.
"Dreamtime will also provide NASA two high-definition television cameras that will document the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery at the Kennedy Space Center on Oct. 5," said Rodney Grubbs, deputy manager for the collaboration partnership and lead for NASA's digital television implementation at the Marshall Center. "Following that launch, technicians from Marshall, Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center will carry the cameras to Russia and prepare for coverage of Expedition One."
NASA's enhanced television coverage of upcoming Shuttle flights is one goal of its unique commercial partnership with Dreamtime. Dreamtime also will provide high-definition television documentation of crew activities aboard the orbiting Space Station and on Space Shuttle missions, as well as research and science activities across the Agency. "This is a very important step in the NASA and Dreamtime partnership," said Brian Kelly, NASA collaboration manager for the partnership at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. "It puts NASA on the cutting edge of digital technology and is tangible proof of what can happen when NASA and industry work together toward a common goal."
Earlier this month Dreamtime delivered to the Johnson Space Center a high-definition television encoder that will be tested as a prototype for future high definition systems to be flown in space in late 2001.
The NASA-Dreamtime partnership also calls for Dreamtime to produce educational and documentary programming, as well as create an interactive, multimedia portal site, http://www.dreamtime.com, that will provide more complete and in-depth access to information about space and space exploration than is currently available.
The multimedia database will combine NASA video, audio, still photographs, high-resolution images, historical documents and three-dimensional views of spacecraft. This space portal will offer public access to thousands of NASA images, sounds, documents, blueprints and plans.
The NASA-Dreamtime collaboration represents a first step in accomplishing the commercialization goals established by Congress in the Commercial Space Act. Congress asked NASA to conduct an independent market study to help identify potential commercial uses for the U.S. Space Station Program. One of the most promising commercial markets identified by the study was to use of space imagery in the areas of education and entertainment.
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