Sunday, October 12, 2003

High-Tech Cameras Planned For Shuttle: "In order for the shuttle to return to flight, NASA technicians are installing a highly-advanced camera system that'll deliver pictures of unprecedented clarity. ...

"They will also be installed on the fuel tank, looking down to measure the size of any foam insulation chunks that come off. Digital cameras will capture the fuel tank as it jettisons."

The really interesting thing is that this is reminiscent of STS 112 on which NASA had a camera attached to the external tank looking down during launch. What was different then was that it seemed (a) driven by a commercial initiative to pay for putting the camera onboard, and (b) more for watching the ground disappear underneath than it was to watch the shuttle ascend through debris.

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