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Battery-powered fiberscope imaging system for space-shuttle operations
Author(s): Carlton S. Faller Jr.
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Paper Abstract

We have adapted a fiber optic and television camera imaging system for operational use in the crew cabin on space shuttle orbiter (orbiter) flights. It allows on-orbit inspection into small or confined spaces. Its main use is in-flight maintenance procedures such as examining cabin under-floor air filters, but it has also been used to observe orbiter experiments. A recent change to less sensitive cameras has dictated that a brighter light be emitted from the end of the fiberscope. We have consequently upgraded the battery-powered self-illumination capability by several orders of magnitude, which was a challenge with respect to limited touch-temperature, small admittance (area and solid-angle product) of the illuminating portion of the fiber bundle, and efficiency of getting light from a tungsten-halogen source into the fiber bundle.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1993
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 1953, Photonics for Space Environments, (15 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.156578
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Carlton S. Faller Jr., Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1953:
Photonics for Space Environments
Edward W. Taylor, Editor(s)

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