NASA’s mission countdown clock is getting a digital improve
NASA’s launch clock is lastly shifting into the digital age. The brand new countdown timer sports activities a 1280 x 360 decision display (which NASA admits is way from being HD) and measures in at 26 ft broad and a few 7 ft tall. The $280,000 unit is a little more succesful than its predecessor (pictured above, verify after the break for a shot of the brand new one) too: not solely will it present the time till raise-off, however NASA’s whole pre-launch program too. This, the agency says, will make it simpler to know if a delay is intentional or a glitch within the system. It’s going to apparently be lots brighter than the analog one was as properly, and may even show a launchpad shut-up and the timer concurrently.
What’s it as much as at present? Displaying pictures from NASA TV and a check countdown forward of Orion‘s launch subsequent week. Do not fret concerning the previous clock, both: NASA says it’s going to take up residence on the Kennedy Area Middle Customer Middle the place it’s going to be part of the “entry expertise” for visitors beginning early subsequent yr.