White House Calling
The Center for Educational Technologies has long been the go-to source for bringing NASA Television to the NASA website. This year that reputation got noticed by the White House.
For years we've provided the majority of the bandwidth used by the NASA website to stream NASA TV's coverage of shuttle missions. Again this year, we assisted with every shuttle mission. If you're watching a space shuttle launch or landing on www.nasa.gov, you wouldn't know that NASA is relying on our Wheeling facility to make sure you get an uninterrupted picture—it's what they call a back-end process in the computer world.
Back end or not, our reputation for service earned notice when the White House had a special request in September. The White House wanted to establish a dedicated high-quality Flash stream over the Internet to share with its blog readers a live video feed of a news conference at Ames Research Center in California featuring the White House federal chief information officer. eTouch Systems Corp., which manages all of NASA's external web delivery, asked us to establish the connection because of our reliable performance in streaming NASA shuttle missions as well as the cutting edge resources available at our facility. Needless to say, the connection went off without a hitch.
We also develop the monthly Education File programming for broadcast over the NASA TV public channel.