LiveU Matrix to distribute pooled camera output for NASA launch

LiveU will assist NASA TV with transmitting live video of the journey of NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center on 27 May.

The historic event marks the first time US Astronauts travel to the International Space Station from US soil in nearly nine years. The NASA TV crew will use a LiveU LU600 4K HEVC field unit to document the astronauts’ trip from the holding area to the rocket ship launch pad and subsequent launch.

LiveU Matrix, the company’s IP content management and distribution solution, will power the worldwide distribution of multiple positioned pool cameras – provided by the Central Florida Media Committee – to cover the milestone launch.

LiveU Matrix is allowing global media broadcasters to supplement their use of NASA’s TV feed with additional isolated live camera feeds in the days leading up to the launch to meet the needs of the viewers they serve.”

State and federal requirements for social distancing reduced the number of journalists allowed to cover the launch in person at Kennedy Space Center. The request for LiveU Matrix came from the Central Florida Media Committee, a consortium of media outlets created 10 years ago to produce pool coverage of major events. T

he organization required a solution to provide dynamic launch coverage while adhering to the social distance guidelines at the NASA press site. LiveU Matrix will allow any global broadcaster to pick up the multi-camera live transmissions and customize for their broadcast.

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