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The views were spectacular, we watched a video channel, NASA Cam Station, that is specifically a satellite broadcast of all NASA launches.

ABC out of Denver, chnnl 7, came out to film us all watching the Shuttle launch today with views from our RocketCam that NASA refers to as ET Cam for External Tank camera.

The CrossLink RocketCam clicked on 8 minutes before launch and was the main feed for the station. CNN carried lots of footage on it too. Chnnl 7 out of Denver will show it after the football game, 10:00pm, because their 6:00 edition news is being preempted by the Presidents talk tonight.

The camera operated flawlessly, our telemetry downlink was functional and it handled switching between the three downlink sites that monitor the Shuttle as it reaches orbit. CrossLink made the ruggedized camera from a Sony video camera and we added the radio & telemetry transmitters that send the video signal back to monitoring stations around Kennedy Space Center.

About 8 min 30 seconds into the flight, the solid rocket boosters (SRB) are jettisoned and the propellants from the explosive bolts that clear it from them from the external tank "smudged" { actual technical term NASA announced on the live telecast } the lens camera so you get a blurry image from there. The camera was mounted just above the Shuttle nose and to one side on a cable tray so that it could watch for debris thought to come from the external tank and damage previous Shuttle insulation tiles. One SRB rocket plume is clearly visible as it jettisons away from the orbiter.

Next you can see the earths horizon as the Shuttle rotates, then the sun takes over from behind the Shuttle. Finally you can see the Shuttle separate from the Orbiter but it becomes pretty hazy from the "smudge".

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