Since 1984, Las Vegas-based FlightLine Films has been providing television and motion picture producers with the highest quality in aerial cinematography services, and the company has pioneered visual documentation services for the privatization of space travel advances in the 21st century. Flightline offers zero-gravity qualified crews and HD cameras for use in the cold vacuum of space, as well housings that allow even traditional cameras to operate in that hostile environment. Flightline is designing and building the camera systems to document the Red Bull Stratos mission from multiple perspectives, with mounts on a ground-based tracker, in an airborne tracking system, in the capsule, and on Felix Baumgartner’s pressure suit.
Ground based tracking using JLAIR self contained Mobile Optical Units. Traditional documentary crews for interviews, B-roll, and other components required for program production.
Joint Launch vehicle and Aircraft Imaging in Realtime
The JLAIR Optical Tracking Systems offer our clients capabilities not previously available to civilians or Production Companies. Each carries a variety of high-power zoom lenses and large telescopes attached to 8000 lb motorized pedestals, which were previously used to track Apollo and Space Shuttle launches. The imagers used with the tracking system include HD video, High Speed 4K, Shortwave Infrared, and Digital Still cameras. The system can easily be set up for 35mm motion picture cameras including the Arri 435 or 65 and 70mm cameras including IMAX. The JLAIR control room allows technicians to select the best images available, and transmit them in real-time to Mission Control and/or broadcast viewers. The trackers are well suited for tracking high performance aircraft as well as missile and manned launch vehicles.
JLAIR 1 is the first fully integrated tracking system on one vehicle chassis that includes >1000 pound optics payload, air conditioned control room, on board generator for tracker and sub-systems, and Encoding and Satellite transmission of HD video. Unlike traditional Optical Trackers, which are trailer mounted, towed to location and require a towed generator and separate control room; JLAIR 1 travels quickly via highways and is easily deployed anywhere needed in hours.
Helicopter based systems invlude Gyron, Cineflex, Wescam and Eclipse camers mounts. Fixed wing mounts such as Lear Jet based Vectorvision. Temporary recording systems for military aircraft.
Internally and Externally mounted HD cameras and transmitters for sub-orbital spacecraft. Crews experienced with working in zero gravity.
Let us document your next launch. Especially during the testing phases, you desire as much visual data as possible to evaluate vehicle design and performance. The higher the quality of these images, the more useful this data is. We can provide:
- Multiple cameras in cockpit and cabin to relay back physiological condition of crew as well as record of flight.
- Multiple cameras attached to external surface of vehicle for situational awareness of vehicle components.
- Multiple cameras attached to pressure or space suits to document EVA activities.
- Multiple long lens ground based tracking cameras to capture launch and ascent of vehicle to extremely high altitudes.