The Astronomy Technology Today team wishes to offer its congratulations to the folks at Starizona, Apogee Imaging Systems and Southern Stars for their extraordinary recent accomplishments!
Apogee Imaging Systems manufactured a custom camera, which was launched on July 11 as part of NASA’s High Resolution Coronal Imager Telescope. The mission spent 620 seconds in flight and took 165 images of the sun. The resulting images captured by the Apogee camera took the highest-resolution images ever taken of the Sun’s corona!
Starizona provided custom modifications of a Celestron CPC-925 telescope for use on the International Space Station. The ISERV Pathfinder is a new imaging instrument designed and built at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The instrument features a Starizona-customized Celestron CPC-925 telescope, HyperStar lens, Canon EOS 7D, and Starizona MicroTouch Autofocuser. The HTV-3 launched on July 20 from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. On July 27 the HTV3 was scheduled to dock with the ISS and deliver its payload. The telescope will be installed in the ISS where it will be remotely controlled by scientists on Earth. Once installed, the system will be directed by researchers on the ground to acquire imagery of specific areas of the globe for disaster analysis and environmental studies.
Southern Stars recently announced the world's first personal, interactive satellite mission scheduled for launch in 2013. SkyCube will allow anyone, worldwide, to participate in its launch, "tweet" messages, and obtain images of Earth from space. The satellite is a 10x10x10-cm "1U" CubeSat intended for launch as a secondary payload on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Orbiting more than 300 miles up, on a path highly inclined to the Earth's equator, SkyCube will pass over most of the world's inhabited regions. SkyCube will take low-resolution images of the Earth and broadcast simple messages. After 90 days, it will inflate a 10-foot (3-meter) diameter balloon, which will give the satellite the same 1st-magnitude brightness as the Hubble Space Telescope when viewed from Earth.
Complete write ups on these projects are available in the soon-to-ship July-August 2012 issue of Astronomy Technology Today, www.astronomytechnologytoday.com.
Congrats to Starizona, Apogee & Southern Stars
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