September 11th, 2007

Space Shuttle relies on Adimec’s cameras for critical inspection

Fifth shuttle mission for camera company

Space Shuttle relies on Adimec’s cameras for critical inspection
Fifth shuttle mission for camera company
Stoneham, MA (August 2007). Adimec confirmed today that the recent Space Shuttle
Endeavour mission relied on images from Adimec’s cameras to determine the threat of
damage from a well-publicized gouge in the heat shield. During launch, a piece of foam
insulation came off of a bracket on the external fuel tank, bounced off of a strut and
damaged the underside tiles of the Endeavour. In order to analyze the risks to re-entry
and determine if a space walk was necessary, the shuttle astronauts took over 1500
high-resolution images from the Adimec camera system. These images were gathered
and analyzed to assess the risk of the 3 ½ -inch-long and 2-inch wide gouge as well as
a few other damaged areas of the heat shield. Adimec’s cameras also took images of
the damaged heat-resistant carbon composite panels and tiles to help determine if the
shuttle would be cleared for landing. Mission STS-118 was the fifth shuttle mission to
use Adimec’s advanced camera technology as part of an imaging system to ensure
shuttle safety.
“We are pleased that images from our cameras were able to play an important role in
helping the shuttle and crew fly home safely,” said Jay Rice, Vice President of Sales &
Marketing for Adimec in North America. “Once again we were very happy to be
included in NASA’s Shuttle mission and to support NASA and its astronauts.”
NASA needed high-performance cameras with enough durability and performance to
provide flawless images in the void of space and on the space shuttle. Adimec
supplied multiple high-performance cameras to NASA which are coupled to a Pleora
iPort IP™ engine. This enables high-resolution images to be streamed to a laptop
inside the shuttle over a standard Ethernet link. The imaging system is mounted at the
end of the space shuttle’s 50-foot robotic arm and is controlled by the crew. NASA’s
orbital boom sensor system (OBSS) on this robotic arm is used to inspect and measure
defects in the shuttle’s outer ‘skin,’ particularly in the heat tile area, the reinforced
carbon-carbon (RCC) wing, and the nose cap.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour and its crew landed on August 21, 2007 after a 12-day
journey in space. Adimec provided the high-resolution cameras which were part of the
OBSS of the Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-121, the Space Shuttle Atlantis
mission STS-115, the Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-116 and 117, and now the
Space Shuttle Endeavour mission STS-118. The mission succeeded in adding a new
piece to the International Space Station and transferring 5,800 pounds of equipment
and supplies to the orbiting laboratory.
About Adimec
Adimec has specialized in development and manufacturing of high-performance
cameras and partnering with major OEMs around the world since 1992. The company
has the distinction of serving industry leading companies in three application areas:
machine vision, medical, and defense imaging. Adimec’s unique experience facilitates
the creation of industry-leading cameras that deliver a performance advantage to highend
Adimec achieves long-term customer satisfaction by offering a unique combination of
product configuration/performance, life cycle management, and total cost of ownership.
Adimec has offices around the world focused on creating customer value and
satisfaction through local, personalized support.
About Pleora
Pleora Technologies is the world’s leading supplier of Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) imaging
solutions. Pleora’s iPORT™ and eBUS™ products stream imaging data over low-cost
GigE connections with very high performance, while at the same time giving vision
systems long-distance reach, scaleable processing, flexible networking, and unmatched
ease of use. Pleora is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada.
Contact Information
Adimec Electronic Imaging, Inc.
PH: 781-279-0770
FX: 781-279-0571
Press Contact: Gretchen Alper ( mailaddrlink('galper','') mailaddrtext('galper','') )
Sales Contact: Email: mailaddrlink('salesus','') mailaddrtext('salesus','')
Pleora Technologies
PH: +613-270-0625, ext 134
FX: +613-270-1425
Press Contact: Mats Lindeberg ( mailaddrlink('mats','') mailaddrtext('mats','') )


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