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Volume 46 | Issue 5 | June 2004

People & Places

photo: Steve Parcel
Steve Parcel. NASA Photo

Parcel wins major video award

By Alan Brown
Dryden News Chief

A Dryden videographer has won NASA's highest award for documentation videography for 2003.

Steve Parcel, Arcata Associates, was honored for his work in recording a flight of the Helios Prototype solar-electric aircraft in Hawaii last June.

Parcel took first place in the documentation category, one of three categories in the NASA Videographer of the Year awards. Other categories included public affairs and production videography. Parcel was cited for his camera and editing work in documenting a checkout flight of the Helios Prototype solar-electric aircraft equipped with a supplementary experimental fuel cell power system June 7, 2003. In addition to recording extensive ground preparations for the flight, Parcel visually documented the flight itself from a chase helicopter, positioned in a safety harness partially outside the craft's open side door.

The award was presented to Parcel during a NASA reception at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas this spring.

A three-judge panel evaluated entries for all three categories on professional excellence, technical quality, originality, creativity within restrictions of the project and applicability to NASA and its mission. Entries consisted of a continuous video sequence or three views of the same subject for a maximum duration of three minutes.

"I hired Steve four years ago because of his video shooting skills and he has been a tremendous asset to the Dryden television team ever since," said Arcata's Lori Losey. "I encouraged him to enter this contest because I knew his ability would be readily admired throughout NASA."