FlightLine Films Services: Ground Operations


Ground based tracking using JLAIR self contained Mobile Optical Units.

Traditional documentary crews for interviews, B-roll, and other components required for program production.

JLAIR (Joint Launch vehicle & Aircraft Imaging in Real-time)

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.

JLAIR 2 is a trailer mounted Optical Tracker that offers 360 degree viewing capability, can be located in small spaces, and gives clients a more affordable alternative to simple shoots or missions that don’t require sophisticated multi channel recording or video transmission.

Primary Optical Equipment Includes:

  • 160” focal length - 16” aperture f/10 – SCT
  • 154” focal length – 14” aperture f/11 – SCT
  • 80” focal length – 10” aperture f/8 – Ritchey Chretien
  • 42x 27mm – 1140mm (45”) HD acquisition Zoom Lens

Primary Imaging Equipment Includes:

  • Panasonic HPX-500 HD P2 camera (up to 60fps)
  • RED One 4K camera (up to 120fps in 2K mode)
  • SUI SU640KTSX Shortwave Infrared camera
  • Canon EOS 5D MkIII digital still camera

Capabilities Include:

  • 1000 pound payload on tracking pedestal
  • 60 deg./sec. azimuth and elevation movement
  • Motion Picture formats from 16mm to IMAX
  • Multiple channels of HD P2 recording in AVC Intra 100.
  • Documentary and high-speed engineering photographic data
  • IRIG-B timing and mission specific metadata
  • Broadcast HD switcher with effects and keying capabilities
  • Quad Split recording of 4 imagers simultaneously
  • Audio recording of air/spacecraft radio transmissions
  • MPEG-4 H.264 real-time encoding
  • Satellite transmission via 1.2m dish
  • WiMax 4G transmission of video
  • Return video via DBS system
  • Satellite Internet connection
  • VOIP
  • Aircraft band transceiver
  • Iridium satellite phone
  • Frequency agile FM transceiver
  • Full duplex intercom
  • 2 trunking APCO 25 receivers
  • 32' pneumatic mast with cell phone repeater and terrestrial video xmtr.



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