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DVIGear Switcher used at NASA’s Orion Test Launch and Control Center

MXP Series Switchers Help Oversee Launch of First Phase of the Journey to Mars

Marietta, GeorgiaA A 

A  December 23, 2014A  –

A A On Friday, December 5, 2014, NASA’s new Orion spacecraft successfully completed its first test flight. A Recognized as the beginning of a new era of space exploration, the flight is the first in a series of launches planned to lead humans to an asteroid and eventually Mars. A DVIGear, a leading supplier of Digital Connectivity Solutions, provided its

MXP Series

digital video routing switchers as the core AV switcher for the command center overseeing the Orion capsule.

photo credit: Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance

Launching the Journey to Mars

The Orion spacecraft was built by Lockheed Martin, NASA’s prime contractor on the project. During the Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1), Orion reached an altitude of over 3,600 miles, and during re-entry, Orion sped through the atmosphere at about 20,000 mph, generating temperatures of over 4,000 degrees F. around the heat shield. The perfectly executed flight was the first step in a series of missions intended to prepare for manned missions in deep space. Along the way, the Orion team will gather data and validate designs in order to prepare for the objective of sending astronauts to Mars.

Lockheed Martin subcontracted Orion Management, LLC to design and install the AV system for the command and control center that oversaw flight operations for this mission. Orion Management turned to DVIGear for its wide range of digital video connectivity products including its 33×33

MXP Series

A digital matrix routing switcher. DVIGear’s equipment was used to control and distribute the video and data images required by the Test Launch and Control Center and played a crucial role in managing the Orion spacecraft during EFT-1.

“I needed a solid solution for my customer,” said Dale Cicirelli, Florida Division Manager for Orion Management. “DVIGear provided equipment and support which were instrumental in designing a successful project that will lead us into the next generation of space exploration.”

“We are thrilled to have played a part in this important moment for space exploration,” stated Steven Barlow, DVIGear President. “The Orion mission objectives are critical to gaining a better understanding of our world and our solar system. This project aligns perfectly with DVIGear’s dedication to the advancement and communication of knowledge. We are proud to be part of the team.”

About DVIGear

Founded in 1999, DVIGear (

) is a leading supplier of Digital Connectivity Solutions for a wide range of professional display applications.A  Located in Marietta, Georgia, DVIGear offers an extensive portfolio of high performance digital video distribution products including:A  Digital Matrix Routing Switchers, Splitters, Extenders, Converters, Scalers, as well as long-length copper and optical cables.

AboutA Orion Management LLC

Orion Management

is a Veteran-Owned small business that has been in business for more than 13 years and provides system integration and installation of Security, Fire, and Network Infrastructure Systems to the Government and commercial customers worldwide. A Their quality and professionalism, as well as their well-trained technicians, make them a leader in the industry. A Orion is a classified contractor of choice and their relationships with their customers are key in providing the right technology to meet business objectives.


DVIGear Contact:A Joseph BarbierA  /A  770.421.6699A  /A  [email protected]
Orion Management Contact: A  Dale Cicirelli A / A 321.749.5904 A / A [email protected]

High Resolution Photos: A Orion LaunchA / Control Center Example 1, Example 2A / MXP Series

Orion Launch photo credit: Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance
Control Center Examples photo credit: NASA

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