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Electronic Imaging & Signal Processing

Imaging critical for space shuttle re-entry

The success of a space shuttle's re-entry depends on functional heat shields, which must be monitored while in orbit to ensure that no damage was incurred during liftoff.

Each member of the NASA fleet of shuttles now houses an Orbiter Boom Sensor System (OBSS), which is an in-flight imaging system attached to the end of a 50-foot robotic arm that is used by the astronauts to scan the underside of the orbiter for possible damage. The OBSS has Kodak CCD Image Sensors that provide up to 30 images per second for high-definition image capture.

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