[SatNews] A multi-camera onboard video system supplied by Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation has successfully captured the 7-hour deployment sequence for the large main antenna on the Sirius FM-6 spacecraft.
Sirius FM-6, a large commercial spacecraft built by Space Systems/Loral (SSL) for SiriusXM, was launched into geostationary orbit on October 25, 2013. The satellite uses a 9 meter mesh antenna reflector built by Harris Corporation to help ensure SiriusXM’s array of audio entertainment and data services are received by vehicles, receivers for home and business, as well as mobile devices, from more than 22,000 miles above the Earth’s surface. Once Sirius FM-6 reached its final orbital slot, Ecliptic’s space-ruggedized and miniaturized 7-camera video system was used to observe all key antenna deployment events over a two-day period starting on November 6, 2013.
This is the third successful onboard video system supplied by Ecliptic to SSL and subsequently launched, with heritage from Ecliptic’s rugged RocketCam™ product family proven on 15 other spacecraft missions and more than 100 rocket launches. The Sirius FM-6 video system incorporates the latest in RocketCam system design, with a core avionics unit dramatically smaller and lighter—about half the size of a thick paperback novel, and 27 ounces—and yet much more capable than earlier Ecliptic video systems. Each of the cameras is about the size of a white-board marker pen, at 8 ounces each.
See a ‘highlights reel’ of the Sirius FM-6 antenna deployment here—http://youtu.be/uP-pyJk2l2o.
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