29.04.10

NASA TV, brought to you by MultiDyne

AUTHOR: Inavate

NASA TV is documenting history at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt with MultiDyne Video and Fiber Optic Systems. The company provided its HD-1500 fibre optic link and RGB-5000 systems to transport video from the centre’s Space Telescope Operations Control Centre (STOCC).

The solutions moved video from across campus to the NASA TV control room, capturing several exciting moments in national history and displaying them for the public on NASA TV.

Two years ago, the TV production staff at the NASA Goddard Flight Center began looking for a video transport solution that would take advantage of the NASA campus’ robust fibre optic infrastructure. Production staff met with MultiDyne representatives at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention to discuss their needs and equipment criteria for NASA projects. The centre’s TV production manager selected the HD-1500 and RGB-5000 solutions, with plans to upgrade to the DVI-6000.

The MultiDyne HD-1500 supports the distribution of digital signals from 5 Mbps to 1.5 Gbps over singlemode fibre, transporting video from three Panasonic cameras installed in the STOCC to the NASA TV control room. From there, video of the action-packed control room is used on NASA’s full-time satellite TV channel, on a daily “STOCC Update” TV program as well as for B-roll for various news organisations, documenting history for the public.

In addition to the shots of the STOCC, the TV production staff also used MultiDyne’s RGB-5000 to transport real-time animation from NASA’s telemetry programs, incorporating high-resolution data from the spacecraft into NASA TV’s live programming. Recent NASA missions that were filmed include Servicing Mission 4, the final servicing mission for the famous Hubble Telescope, and the landmark launch of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which represents the first step in NASA’s return to the Moon.