Cat Entertainment Services Helps SpaceX Make History

July 6, 2020 at 11:36 AMRing Power

new era of human spaceflight began May 30 when NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley blasted off aboard the Crew Dragon capsule from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.  The launch, witnessed by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, marked the first time in nearly a decade that astronauts launched from American soil, and the first time a private company had ever flown humans to orbit 

“It’s been nine years since we’ve launched American astronauts on American rockets from American soil,NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said following the launch. “And now ... we have done it.” 

At the Kennedy Space Center, SpaceX relied on the expertise of the Cat Entertainment Services team to ensure that people around the world could witness the historic event.  

Orlando CES Operations Supervisor Pete Carstens arrived days before the launch to setup and ensure the technical broadcast went off without a hitch. A Cat twin pack genset provided 400 kWs of redundant power for multiple networks covering the launch while Orlando CES Tech II Axl Friedrich installed and oversaw the hookups on the production and uplink trucks to ensure that millions tuning in  witnessed history being made in real time, without any technical glitches. Entertainment Services also supplied 110-volt distributed Edison drops for the different camera positions.   

Various elements of the launch broadcast took place across the country at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. There, California CES Tech I Jessie Campos supplied a 45 kW generator to power an uplink truck and tie the broadcast together.  

This was SpaceX’s second test flight of its Crew Dragon and its first with astronauts aboard, which will pave the way to certification for regular crew flights to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. 

"This is a dream come true for me and everyone at SpaceX,” said Elon Musk, chief engineer at SpaceXYou can look at this as the results of a hundred thousand people roughly when you add up all the suppliers and everyone working incredibly hard to make this day happen.” 

Kudos to the entire Entertainment Services team for helping the world witness history in the making!  

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Entertainment Services Unveils Greenest Live Show Solution Available

December 4, 2008 at 8:36 AMRing Power
The greenest live-show solution currently available to the entertainment market, Entertainment Services' UPS system greatly reduces carbon emissions of the entire production. The unit is noiseless, produces no fumes or exhaust, and is configured for ease of transport and on-site positioning.

Green UPS Unit

Green UPS Unit

Los Angeles, CA, December 4, 2008 - Entertainment Services, worldwide provider of temporary power and temperature control systems, successfully launched their new, environmentally-friendly 300-kVA UPS (uninterruptible power supply) at a ShowTime® boxing event in Carson, California October 31.

Specifically designed to control backup power automatically, the unit allows a generator to remain powered down until needed, greatly reducing carbon emissions on site. This is the first automatic UPS system offered by Entertainment Services.

"The standard in our industry for years has been the use of the big generators…because of our need for uninterrupted power," said Colin DeFord, an independent technical producer based out of Park City, Utah. "This product will take off in our industry because we are simply eliminating fuel costs and we are no longer emitting fumes into the air."

The unit operates in series between the utility and the end-user, with a backup generator being tied to the UPS. If power is lost from the utility, the UPS keeps the end-user seamlessly powered while simultaneously activating the backup generator. After the UPS senses the voltage from the generator for a set period of time, a breaker is closed within the UPS to allow the end-user to be powered directly by the generator.

Once power from the utility is restored, the UPS will reestablish the utility as the source of power and shut down the generator. The unit also compensates for the utility's spikes and dips, providing a clean power flow to the end-user without having to activate the generator.

The greenest live-show solution currently available to the entertainment market, Entertainment Services' UPS system greatly reduces carbon emissions of the entire production. The unit is noiseless, produces no fumes or exhaust, and is configured for ease of transport and on-site positioning.

For more information about Entertainment Services and the UPS system, visit es-cat.com or contact our sales staff at any of our US locations: Los Angeles, CA (866-762-5228); Dallas, TX (888-908-4228); Kenilworth, NJ (908-272-8400); North Kingstown, RI (888-296-4492); Tampa, FL (866-769-3761); or Orlando, FL (877-228-2852).

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