"Eagle" - Trailer End Zone Video System
The exclusive EagleCam "Eagle" End Zone System is custom built on a Trailer Platform with Hydraulic and Pneumatic telescoping lift systems. The Eagle systems are built at various elevated heights and range in operation and configuration. Powered by a 12-volt rechargeable battery system that supplies power for the mechanical nature of the EagleCam's hydraulic and pneumatic motor systems, which raise and lowers the mast and camera. An on board inverter transforms the 12-volt battery power to usable energy to power the camera, action monitor, and robotic controls as well as additional external video equipment.
U.S. Sports Video first "Eagle's were built in the early 90's and have evolved since that time. The earlier models were built to 35 feet with jog-stick commanded center controls located at the base operating position. Later systems ranged from 45 feet with extra built-in features. Texas A&M's visit to the U.S. Sports Video Ohio facility lead to a custom Aggie "Eagle" system.
Dr. John C. Fakan, former NASA Scientist, and Jim Goodell, Head Engineer at Lorain Products, designed the first "Eagle" and it has been said that the extended outrigger base platform resembled the lunar module "Eagle", that did the first landing on the moon.
Because of the amount of custom engineering and expense, the "SkyHawk" was later developed as a more cost effective alternative to the Eagle.