Companies: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Boeing, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Digital Globe
At Vandenberg Air Force Base, 300 high-speed cameras capture rocket launches at 130 frames per second. Vandenberg relies on high-end visual effects and editing systems to produce high-definition space launch videos that are seen by audiences ranging from scientists to the president of the United States. Once a Boeing rocket has lifted off, it deploys a Ball Aerospace Technologies satellite, which collects the highest-resolution images of Earth that are commercially available. This imagery is used in mapping and geographic information systems applications by government agencies, public utilities, and civil engineers.