Three special cameras shipped by OHB for Space Station experiments
Front-mounted cameras shipped to ALENIA
At the end of last week, Bremen-based space technology company OHB-System AG shipped three special front-mounted cameras for the physical research laboratory FSL (Fluid Science Lab) to Alenia Spazio in Turin. This followed the delivery over the past six months of the entire laboratory cabling system, the power supply and the video management unit for recording, processing and transmitting image and research data.
The Italian company is building the experiment equipment for the COLUMBUS module of the International Space Station for the European Space Agency ESA. The Fluid Science Lab is designed to conduct experiments on the transportation of materials and energy as well as the surface properties of liquids and gases in gravity-free conditions as of 2004. A better understanding of these phenomena is of crucial importance for optimizing the terrestrial use of fluid resources, e.g. in combustion, lubrication, surface-coating and other technical processes.
The special cameras delivered by OHB will make it possible to view fluid-physical processes with maximum time and spatial resolution. One particular feature is the full automation of the cameras, permitting remote control of the image frequency, aperture, exposure time and zoom focus of all cameras from the ground station. The Bremen-based company OPTOPRECISION was subcontracted by OHB to produce the necessary fine mechanics for the optical systems. In the acceptance log, the customer praised the extraordinary quality of the delivery.