Reuters, Canon, Sprint Team on Shuttle Images
Canon has teamed up with Reuters and Sprint to develop a system that captures shuttle launch images from multiple remote cameras moments after they are taken and quickly retrieves and moves images across the Reuters wire, thus reducing the time it takes for wire transmission by 95 percent.
By using Canon’s digital cameras and short telephoto lenses, images were captured from within a few hundred yards of the actual launch pad. The process was powered by Sprint Mobile Broadband.
During the past two launches of Atlantis and Endeavour on Feb. 7 and March 11, 2008, the system developed by Reuters, Canon and Sprint successfully retrieved shuttle launch images from multiple cameras around the launch pad almost instantaneously, and placed the images on the Reuters wire.