Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2002
Mission marks fourth new rocket platform in 2002 for the advanced imaging system
Pasadena, CA – November 21, 2002 – Yesterday's inaugural launch of Boeing's Delta IV rocket marks the fourth new rocket platform this year for Ecliptic Enterprise's RocketCam™ onboard imaging system, used to provide dramatic, live color video of all key events from launch and ascent through insertion into orbit.
RocketCams also provided the unprecedented onboard video televised live from NASA's Space Shuttle in October, as well as the real-time images during the debut of Lockheed Martin's Atlas 5 in August. The system was used for the first time onboard Lockheed Martin's Titan IV in January.
To date, RocketCams have been used with 100% success on nearly two dozen launches since 1997 – including Boeing Delta II and Delta III rockets and Lockheed Martin Atlas 2 and Atlas 3 models.
For yesterday's near-sunset Delta IV launch, RocketCam captured the action from several minutes before liftoff through the placement of the payload – a telecommunications satellite for Eutelsat S.A. of France – into orbit, approximately 30 minutes after leaving Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The Delta IV RocketCam cameras supplied the Boeing launch team with two unique perspectives: a view looking aft along the huge rocket's outer skin and a complementary view from inside the rocket's second stage, also looking aft. The team was able to switch between the two as the rocket – a Delta IV Medium 4,2 model – climbed through the outer limits of the atmosphere and into space.
Available exclusively through Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation in Pasadena, CA, applications of the RocketCam product line have been successfully extended this year to the four new launch systems, high-altitude balloons, rocket-powered aircraft and specialized testing facilities – with plans well underway for applications on spacecraft, other types of aircraft, remote science stations and boats in coming years.
AboutEcliptic Enterprises Corporation: Eclipticprovides data-transport systems and onboard imaging systems for use with rockets, spacecraft and other remote platforms operating in extreme environments. Its technical staff has a broad range of direct experience on over eighty space missions, including several recent deep-space missions and numerous low-cost missions involving small satellites. The privately held firm's core competencies include space systems engineering, space telecommunications, aerospace avionics and instrument systems. Its popular RocketCam™ product line is used on a variety of host platforms in markets involving space systems, airborne systems, ocean systems and test support systems. See more at www.eclipticenterprises.com.
RocketCam™ is a trademark of Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation.
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