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Companies Team With NASA for Launch Coverage

TVU, LiveU and Dejero among companies providing gear.

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla.—The broadcast of the historic NASA Commercial Crew Program launch with SpaceX will be assisted by a consortium of companies with the goal of providing video content to global broadcasters. Among the companies participating are TVU Networks, LiveU and Dejero.

Photo by David Sitak, WJTV©

The launch, taking place on May 27, will see SpaceX become the first commercial spacecraft to carry astronauts—Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley—to the International Space Station; it will also be the first launch of astronauts from American soil since 2011.

TVU will provide technical support and its IP-based TVU Grid to assist with the distribution of multiple live video pool feeds during the launch, which will be available to TVU customers through the TVU Command Center.

LiveU’s LU600 4K HEVC field unit will be on hand to capture the astronauts going from the holding area to the rocket, as well as the launch. The LiveU Matrix, meanwhile, will also provide access to video pool content.

Dejero will contribute its PathWay encoders/transmitters as part of a broadcast kit, the MultiPoint IP video distribution network for access to pool cameras via and the Dejero WayPoint for local Florida station WJXT.

As the launch is taking place during the coronavirus pandemic, these products are meant to help broadcasters access content remotely so social distancing guidelines can be upheld.

The NASA/SpaceX launch will take place on May 27 at 4:32 p.m. ET. Full coverage will be available on NASA Live.