Space missions now require high-performance, aerospace cameras that deliver, high-resolution real-time video transmitted over dynamic ranges back to Earth. Space-qualified cameras must withstand extreme environmental conditions. Yet, most are cumbersome, lacking in flexibility. Miniaturization is critical as missions reach further into the galaxy. Reducing size-weight parameters optimizes launch, fuel-use, and easy integration in robotics. Robot-assisted tasks often require live-streaming video for inspection of maintenance and repair of satellites and space stations. Aerospace organizations now seek customized visual solutions with proven technology and trusted partners to accomplish missions on time, within budget.
Customized Micro Aerospace Cameras
Space science organizations like the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have discovered the benefits of including micro-cameras.
ScoutCam micro video technology has been validated with NASA in the harsh conditions of outer space: extreme temperatures (-127°C – +100°C), vacuum, vibrations, and radiation. The micro ScoutCam™ is the world’s smallest camera, 1mm. A tiny footprint enables visualization through tight openings down to millimeters in diameter. With Chip-on-Tip technology, these solutions can be incorporated into complex, remote-controlled projects, including missions utilizing robots. Such space-qualified cameras were selected for several NASA International Space Station missions — making real-time inspection of refueling in space finally possible. An issue of Aerospace & Defense Technology highlights this micro-visualization technology and recent developments.
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Aerospace organizations can benefit from miniature space-qualified cameras and customized imaging solutions with full integration of cutting-edge technology and components:
Wide range of micro-cameras from 1.0mm diameter designed for multiple applications
Microphone components from leading manufacturers ensure delivery of the best sound quality in an extremely compact form
Power source components field-proven for reliability, durability, leveraging knowledge gained in the field of wireless medical devices to ensure a reliable source of power for a specified time
DVR with remote and fixed base recording capabilities optional component that can be add at both remote site and at the home base
Transmission including wired to 30m from the listening point to reduce risk of detection
Integrated illumination allows for high-quality imagining while maintaining small diameter in single-use and multi-use micro cameras
Waterproof construction enables a wide array of investigations in wet environments
Tiny Space Qualified Cameras with Massive Flexibility
Customized micro-visualization solutions for aerospace are based on flexible “building blocks” consisting of the core in-house technology and complementary components:
MicroCMOS image sensors include proprietary and off-the-shelf, high-resolution miniature sensors from 40Kpx to HD
Proprietary optic designs and micro-lenses assembly
High-end DSP video processors providing optimal image quality
Borescope leading types including rigid, semi-flexible, steerable and flexible