August 1st, 2006

'NASA Shuttle captures images using Adimec HDTV cameras'

EMVA Newsletter

Dutch firm Adimec Advanced Image Systems Bv provided the high-resolution cameras that were used on the orbital boom sensor system (OBSS) which was on board Space Shuttle Discovery during a recent mission into space.

"Adimec’s cameras are known for their image quality, reliability and durability, and we were happy to be involved in such a mission-critical application with NASA", said Jay Rice, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Adimec in North America.

Adimec provided multiple high-performance cameras to NASA, which were coupled to a Pleora iPort IP engine to enable high-resolution images to be streamed to a laptop inside the shuttle over a standard Ethernet link. The imaging system was mounted at the end of the space shuttle’s 15 m (50 ft) robotic arm. The crew were able to control the camera via the ’engine’ as they carefully inspected the shuttle’s thermal protection system. These images were analyzed for fine details - for example, the gap filler between tiles - to assess potential damage and overall shuttle safety.

The Discovery flight was the most photographed shuttle mission ever, with more than 100 high-definition, digital video and film cameras documenting the launch and climb to orbit.

The Shuttle and its crew landed on July 17, 2006 after a thirteen-day, 8-million kilometre (5-million mile) journey in space. The mission succeeded in testing improvements made to the spacecraft’s safety systems, repairing a ’rail car’ on the International Space Station and producing detailed images of the Shuttle during and after its launch on July 4, 2006.


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