Posted: Friday, March 30, 2007
The first video from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Orbital Express on-orbit demonstration is now available for viewing on-line. The video depicts the global mated survey of the two spacecraft by the arm camera.
The video was created from 1,600 still pictures taken by the camera on March 28.
The video is posted at http://www.darpa.mil/orbitalexpress/video/OEDMSSurvey3-28-07.mpeg as a 24MB file. DARPA will continue to post on-orbit videos and pictures on the DARPA Orbital Express demonstration page at http://www.darpa.mil/orbitalexpress/ (click on the "New!" graphic for the newest information).
Orbital Express is in the midst of a three-month demonstration mission to validate the technical feasibility of robotic, autonomous on-orbit refueling and reconfiguration of satellites. Orbital Express consists of a pair of satellites, the ASTRO servicing vehicle and the NextSat demonstration client vehicle.
The two experimental satellites were launched as a mated pair on an Atlas V launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral on the evening of March 8.
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