HDNet to provide HD coverage of remaining Space Shuttle launches, landings

NASA and HDNet have formed a partnership allowing high-definition television broadcasts of all NASA space shuttle launches on the network’s HDNet channel through 2010.

The agreement covers full live launch and landing broadcast coverage of NASA’s at least 16 remaining space shuttle missions from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. When feasible, HDNet also will broadcast NASA’s unmanned rocket launches from Florida on its network. HDNet is also providing to NASA, free of charge, an NTSC signal of all launch broadcasts for media networks not yet equipped to broadcast HDTV.

HDNet will provide the facilities needed to cover these launches live in 1080i high-definition resolution. As it did for its exclusive high-definition broadcast of the Discovery launch last year, HDNet will provide 12 HD cameras, high-powered telephoto lenses, recording systems, switchers, monitoring and a fiber optic system needed to get the camera signals from the launch pad to the broadcast center several miles away. HDNet will be the only all-HD network to broadcast full coverage of the shuttle launches.

For more information, visit www.hd.net.

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