Apr 11 2011, 8:32am CDT | by Shane McGlaun
NASA is currently in training mode to get the astronauts that will be heading to the ISS this summer ready for their mission. The shuttle mission will launch on June 28 barring any delays that are unforeseen. The mission training is currently underway at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Panasonic has announced that it is providing NASA with 3D camcorders to use for documenting the training for the mission and the ISS in 3D. The camcorders that will be used are the Panasonic pro dual lens 3D AG-3DA1 cameras. This is the final space shuttle mission to the ISS before the entire shuttle fleet is retired.
The camcorder will also be used to document a number of experiments on the ISS in 3D. Panasonic is providing NASA with the camcorder, 25.5" 3D LCDs to view the footage and a rugged Toughbook laptop all to be used to document the training and mission.
“Panasonic is delighted that the 3DA1 3D camcorder is playing a vital role in documenting the NASA mission,” said John Baisley, Executive Vice President, Panasonic Solutions Company. “Human spaceflight is about the discovery of new things and places. The amazing 3D images that the 3DA1 produces may allow a new and unique view of the exploration of space for many applications.”
The camera itself is very expensive at about $21,000. It weighs 6.6 pounds and has two lenses and dual 1080p 3-MOS imagers to capture the 3D footage. The camera has HD-SDI output and HDMI output. All footage is stored to SDHC cards. The camera can record 180-minutes on dual 32GB SDHC cards.
Source: The Edge Singapore
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