If the most critical part of your mission lasts only 50 seconds, the right technology can make the difference. When NASA launches a vehicle that includes a radioisotope power source, the first crucial seconds of the launch must be monitored by the NASA Radiological Control Center (RADCC), which is responsible for monitoring, and coordinating protective actions in the unlikely event of a launch accident that releases radioactive material in the launch area. The job of RADCC scientists became a lot easier in November when the Mars Science Lab lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center. This was the first mission using a newly redesigned and reconfigured RADCC, with a complicated array of new technology made simple and seamless thanks to the Crestron control system.
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