Kodak Digital Technology to Provide Mission-Critical Images for Space Flight
Kodak CCD Image Sensors used on both Space Shuttle and International Space Station for Key Imaging Applications
Press Release—On the current mission of space shuttle Discovery, scheduled to dock with the International Space Station today, Kodak Digital Technology will again be instrumental in capturing critical images and helping to safeguard the well-being of shuttle astronauts during re-entry back to earth.
Kodak CCD Image Sensors are a key component of the Orbiter Boom Sensor System, an in-flight imaging system attached to the end of a 50-foot robotic arm that is used by shuttle astronauts to scan the underside of the orbiter for possible damage before landing. The resulting high-resolution images are then analyzed to assess any potential spacecraft damage that may have occurred during lift-off or while in flight. This system is now available throughout the entire shuttle fleet to examine critical external surfaces before re-entry.
Kodak CCD Image Sensors are also routinely used in other camera systems operated by astronauts during shuttle missions and on the International Space Station. The handheld digital cameras used by astronauts to capture images from space use Kodak Image Sensors, as does the recently launched Earth Viewing Camera located on the International Space Station. Surprisingly, these space-based products all use image sensors that are unmodified from those available from Kodak for use on earth.