Security Sweep

NASA helicopters doing a security sweep before the launch of Atlantis on the last Shuttle mission, STS-135

Equipment: Sony a900 with 16mm Sony fisheye

The Final Launch

Atlantis on its way to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. Attracting more people than any Space Shuttle launch before it, the Space Coast was filled with more than one million spectators.

Equipment: Sony a900 with 70-400mm Sony G lens

Discovery Lands

Discovery, piggybacked on the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, lands at Dulles International Airport at the conclusion of its final journey to its new home, The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.

Equipment: Sony a900 with 500mm f4 Sony G lens

Discovery in its new home at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Museum with Enterprise about to move and be matted to the SCA for its flight to the Intrepid Museum in New York City.

Equipment: Sony a55 with Sony/Zeiss 16-80mm lens

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with Endeavor after mating of the orbiter. The SCA will fly 2400 miles to deliver the shuttle to LAX airport.

Equipment: Sony a77 with Sony/Zeiss 16-80mm lens

NASA’s 747 the SCA (Shuttle Carrier Aircraft) making a flyby with Endeavour before landing at LAX.

Equipment: Sony a77 with 70-400mm Sony G lens

Endeavour on the streets of LA making its way to its new home at the California Science Center.

Equipment: Sony a77 with 70-400mm Sony G lens

The LightSpeed Media team is quite well versed in the use of professional, as well as personal, computer and photography equipment. This combination of knowledge and experience allows us to evaluate the scenarios we will encounter in documenting the shuttle due to time, budget and location constraints.

Mac is our preferred computer platform, from Mac Pro’s, to MacBook Pro, to iPads. Sprinkle in a few PC’s for backing up or transferring images.

The primary work station is a Mac Pro with 2 redundant Raid hard drive systems for backups. Image software: Apple’s Aperture Ver 3.0.3 and Adobe PhotoShop CS5. Video: Final Cut Pro and After Effects. For simple video editing, Aperture 3 is quite efficient.

We use Sony SLT cameras for the action photography: The time-lapse imagery is being shot for 3D and required some engineering on our part. The stereo set-ups are Sony a57 with either Sony 11-18mm lenses or Sony 18-55mm lenses.

We started filming Atlantis at the mid point of her refit. Due to stringent NASA safety concerns, all equipment had to be enclosed and wired with a safety link to the building.