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TVU One provides real-time footage of Shenzhou-12 spacecraft launch

TVU One provides real-time footage of Shenzhou-12 spacecraft launch

TVU One provides real-time footage of Shenzhou-12 spacecraft launch

China:

TVU One mobile transmitters from the cloud and IP-based live video solutions specialist have been used by the country’s state-run press agency, Xinhua News Agency, to provide real-time footage of the launch of the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (JSLC) in north-western China.

Mounted to a Long March 2F carrier rocket, Shenzhou-12 transported the first three astronauts to the Chinese Space Station (CSS), scheduled to be fully operational next year. Only Xinhua and state-owned broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) were authorised to be on site to cover the launch. Beyond security restrictions, Xinhua faced strict requirements for operating live video equipment. Some live camera feeds using the RTMP streaming protocol were shared from surveillance cameras at the launch site. The footage was transmitted to the Beijing headquarters of Xinhua through the router function of TVU One. TVU’s technical team worked with Xinhua’s live broadcast team to create a customised RTMP streaming video transmitting and decoding solution, so the footage could be received and decoded by the TVU Server in Beijing.

While Xinhua had access to the launch site with its own equipment, there were numerous technical issues. Network signal coverage at the JSLC, located in a remote desert area in Gansu Province, is not very reliable. Xinhua chose TVU One because its aggregation of multiple data connections delivers a reliable and stable transmission solution. There was also the issue running cables at the launch site, a large, hazardous area. TVU One’s wireless transmitters avoided wired connectivity, allowing the agency to place cameras in various locations across the site. Xinhua also used the TVU Anywhere mobile app from locations around the site, which provided a panoramic shot less than 500 feet from the launch tower.

TVU One was also used by CCTV last December to broadcast live coverage of the landing of China’s Chang’e 5, which returned from the moon with lunar soil samples. The live broadcast took place at the Siziwang Banner landing area in Inner Mongolia.

“TVU continues to be a technology partner of several government agencies, contributing pool feeds of space launches and other activities for media outlets when on-site attendance is limited,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “We have had a cooperative relationship with Xinhua for many years, and we appreciate their trust in our ability to find affordable and reliable solutions for their coverage of the historic Shenzhou-12 launch.”



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