Illustration depicting key communication links to be employed during the COTS-2 mission. Photo Credit: SpaceX
Haigh-Farr, Inc. (Haigh-Farr), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group Videocom Division, and the world leader in design, development and manufacturing of flight-body antennas for defense, space and commercial applications, congratulates Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) on its third successful launch of the Falcon9 Rocket, the second flight of the Dragon spacecraft and the first docking of Dragon to the International Space Station (ISS). Haigh-Farr is the sole antenna provider to SpaceX.
Since 2007, Haigh-Farr has proudly worked with SpaceX in developing antenna systems that are used to provide flight safety, telemetry, tracking, GPS and video on Falcon9, as well as command control, telemetry, GPS and other communication functions on Dragon. On both previous launches, and during this most recent launch and docking, Haigh-Farr antennas successfully provided dramatic live video feeds as well as telemetry and other communication links. As a testament to the quality of the SpaceX technical team, continuous contact with Dragon was maintained with the NASA TDRSS network of communication satellites used to transmit and receive data.
This history-making event has made Dragon the first commercial vehicle to successfully attach to the ISS. Dragon carried more than 1,000 pounds of food, clothing and experiments to the ISS on this mission. The ultimate goal for the spacecraft is to transport astronauts to the ISS.
"We are extremely pleased to be a part of this incredible event and have no doubt SpaceX will meet its goal of transporting astronauts to the ISS," says David Farr, president of Haigh-Farr. "We look forward to continuing to support them in this effort."
For additional information on Space Exploration Technologies, please visit www.spacex.com.
Haigh-Farr, Inc. (Haigh-Farr) is a Business Unit within the Vitec Group Videocom Division. Haigh-Farr has an over 43-year history of designing and producing exceptionally rugged, high performance antennas for a diverse array of applications including launch vehicles, spacecraft, missiles, aircraft, UAV's and satellites. Well known for their ability to adapt their core technology to provide a solution meeting any vehicle's unique performance and environmental requirements, Haigh-Farr's expertise results in affordable solutions with proven reliability.
More information can be found at www.haigh-farr.com
A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2010 revenue of #310 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organised in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services.
Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events.
Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG.
Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fibre optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews.
More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com
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