The environment in which video solutions for NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle must work are extremely harsh and volatile. There are a tremendous number of variables that are constantly shifting which can affect how video streams are transmitted.
To support operations in these challenging conditions the agency deploys proven, mature solutions that have stood the test of time. As a result, long development life cycles are needed for the most critical elements of vehicles NASA launches into space. This is especially true for those that involve manned missions. Only the most proven, field-tested technologies can be trusted to launch humans safely and securely into space.
When the Orion program was launched, IPTV technology was still in its early stages of development. As a result, many proprietary on-board video systems were developed to support the rigorous environment associated with NASA missions. The proprietary nature of the video solutions, however, make it difficult to share data with the broad community of experts and technicians that support the Orion mission.
Over the past decade IPTV standards have evolved and matured considerably. VITEC has introduced substantial IPTV innovations capable of contributing to the NASA mission by enhancing the ability to monitor critical systems on the Orion spacecraft.