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Aerospace: Space Qualified Cameras

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.

Customized Micro Aerospace Cameras


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
  • Transmission including wired to 30m from the inspection point

  • Integrated illumination allows for high-quality imaging while maintaining small diameter in single-use and multi-use micro cameras

  • Waterproof, vibration and vacuum constructions enable a wide array of investigations in extreme environmental conditions

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:

  • Micro CMOS 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
  • Aviation Borescope leading types including rigid, semi-flexible, steerable and flexible
  • Highly resistant cameras (vibrations, temperature, vacuum, radiation, magnets, etc.)
  • Superior illumination using FO or LED
  • Long, lightweight cables with cable diameter of 0.58 mm and cable-length of up to 30m+

ScoutCam is redefining space science through high resolution, high performance aerospace-camera solutions smaller than ever before.