TVU Networks, a technology and market leader in IP and cloud based live video solutions, announced that it joined a consortium of technology providers tasked with delivering dedicated live video camera angles to global broadcasters covering the historic launch of the first manned commercial space flight by American astronauts on US soil. This launch also marks the first manned space flight by NASA in nine years. Veteran astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley lift off on May 27, 2020 from the Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida.
TVU provided technical support and its IP-based TVU Grid solution to help with the worldwide distribution of multiple live video pool feeds positioned to cover the launch of the commercial craft’s dragon capsule. TVU was asked by a group of news organizations to participate in order to provide dynamic remote launch coverage while following the social distancing guideline required at the NASA press site. Broadcasters across the globe were able to supplement their use of NASA Television’s feed with additional isolated live video camera feeds in the days leading up to the launch without the need for on-site personnel.
“We haven’t had a manned spaceflight since 2011 and we did not want our coverage of this important launch to be hindered because of limits to media and equipment on site at NASA,” said John Soapes, President and General Manager, WESH 2/CW18 Orlando. “TVU has proven to be an invaluable resource in our daily coverage, and their participation in this project is just another example of the evolution of our industry and how this technology is allowing our stations and digital platforms to meet the needs of the viewers they serve.”
TVU Grid customers had access to the NASA feeds by simply logging into TVU Command Center, choosing the TVU Grid tab and selecting either the NASA_Pool_1 or NASA_Pool_2 sources.