Wednesday, August 10, 2016

SSC tests unique camera

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- A booster test for NASA's Space Launch System in June also demonstrated a new video recorder that captured unprecedented imagery of the rocket firing, revealing details normally masked by the motor’s bright-hot exhaust. Developed by engineers at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, the camera can record multiple slow motion exposures at once. Conventional cameras can only record in one exposure, a problem when trying to document very bright events like a rocket test. The new method is called the High Dynamic Range Stereo X, or HiDyRS-X. Imagery from the new recording system exposes everything within its field-of-view, showing the rocket motor’s supersonic exhaust plume while still keeping other parts of the image visible. (Source: Spaceflight Now, 08/09/16)