NASA offers first live 360 stream of rocket launch

Geronimo Vena
Aprile 19, 2017

This mission marks the third launch of a Cygnus spacecraft aboard an Atlas V rocket and will be Orbital ATK's seventh operational mission (OA-7) to the International Space Station for NASA under the Commercial Resupply Services contract.

The livestream of this rocket launch could be viewed on the NASA Television YouTube Channel on April 18, 2017, 10 minutes prior to liftoff.

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifted off from Florida on Tuesday, propelling a cargo capsule filled with supplies and science experiments toward the International Space Station.

NASA will be broadcasting the world's first 360-degree livestream of a rocket launch for Tuesday's event. Because the launch was delayed a month by hydraulic problems at the pad and on the rocket, no Glenn family members were able to make it to Cape Canaveral, according to Culbertson.

Four fisheye lens cameras will capture the action. Nearby, a computer protected by a blast-proof box will stitch images together in near-real time.

"While in space, after traveling a safe distance from the station, the fire is lit and data is collected before re-entering the Earth's atmosphere", said a statement from NASA.

Such missions usually carry three crew members, but Russian Federation has opted to reduce its ISS crew complement from three to two to reduce supply requirements and thus cut supply missions.

Viewing the launch using virtual reality goggles, "it really gives you a new perspective that we've never been able to do before", Thorp said.

The Cygnus ship is named for John Glenn, who rode into orbit on one of the original Atlas rockets in 1962, Florida Today reported.

The commercial cargo ship, dubbed the S.S. John Glenn, holds almost 7,700 pounds (3,500 kilograms) of food, equipment and research for the space station.

Once launched into low-Earth orbit, Cygnus will use its advanced maneuvering capability to transport its cargo from a low-parking orbit to the space station, where it will be grappled by the crew using the station's robotic arm and then berthed to the orbiting laboratory. ULA has already released two 360-degree videos of launches after they took place.

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