HDNet to broadcast shuttle launch live

NASA’s Return to Flight will be broadcast live in 1080i HD

HDNet will broadcast NASA's historic Return to Flight live. The Space Shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew embark on its mission, STS-114, July 13.

Using up to 14 HD (1080i) cameras positioned throughout the Kennedy Space Center, HDNet’s live coverage will include the use of a Canon DIGI SUPER 86 TELExs lens and a Grass Valley Kalypso HD video production center switcher inside NASA's TV control room. The network is also using a pan-and-tilt robo head at the launch pad from Eagle Pan Tilt.

The Canon lens has a 2322mm focal length to enable a 1080i camera situated at one of the tracking sites to follow Discovery at least 176,000ft, or 33mi into the earth’s atmosphere.

Live coverage begins at 11 a.m. EDT. It will also go live for the shuttle's landing, currently scheduled for July 25 at 11:01 a.m. EDT. HDNet will broadcast the natural sounds of the launch, complemented by NASA's commentary.

For more information, visit www.hd.net.

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