Ever wondered how Safari Rally TV signal is transmitted live? Here is your answer

Ever wondered how Safari Rally TV signal is transmitted live? Here is your answer

To start with, all the rally cars are fitted with multiple on board (driver, front, side, rear, pedals and interior) cameras that are linked to strong wireless transmitters  fitted within the car.

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Have you ever wondered how the World Rally Championships speed cars get broadcast Live to your screen in real time and without breaking a single frame? well here is your answer.

Rally cars are known to cruise at top speeds at some points reaching 180KPH but despite the advanced modern technology, it would not be guarantee to achieve 100 percent signal transmission of all stages especially happening deep in the vast Kenyan Rift Valley with challenging network coverage.

For the World Rally Championships, organizers have invested heavily on Live signal transmissions and nothing is left to chance in transmitting one of the most followed competitions in the world.

To start with, all the rally cars are fitted with multiple on board (driver, front, side, rear, pedals and interior) cameras that are linked to strong wireless transmitters  fitted within the car.

The point to point transmitters will then beam the signal straight to a receiver fitted on a special jet plane that circles above the clouds approximately 15,000ft - 30,000ft within the radius of the competition stages.

Our www.michezoafrika.com spot check on the flight radar during the special stage at Kasarani revealed availability of a Beech B200c Plane circling around Kasarani area at 28,000 feet. This is the plane that receives the signals from the ground and sends straight to Naivasha ground station.

In addition to the onboard rally car cameras, there are special stages cameras on the ground and a special helicopter that also has powerful cameras that provide aerial follow shots. The helicopter feed is also transmitted straight to the special Rally plane that then sends the video signals to the ground station located at the service center in Naivasha.

The studio then broadcasts the mixed master signal via satellite transmission and is later redistributed to TV Stations and Online platforms across the world.

The plane does approximately five hours in the air and then lands for refueling during the midday break ready for the afternoon rounds.

In an exclusive interview, michezoafrika.com has ascertained that one of such planes got destroyed as it nose landed in Miami during a test flight shortly before flying to Nairobi for the Safari Rally.

The plane is leased by World Rally Championship (WRC) and is also used in other international competitions including tour de France, European Rally Championships and other top world competitions.

To watch all the action Live, one has to subscribe to the World Rally Championship website where you get to watch all action live including all interviews.

You can watch the video below  for Live broadcast behind the scenes.

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