NASA monitors ice, debris with high-resolution system
July 20, 2005
The DLA-QX1 projector will enable NASA’s Ice/Debris Team to view and analyze ultra high-resolution (2048x1536) images on an 8ft wide screen.
NASA is gearing up for its shuttle fleet’s return to flight with the upgrade of its visual analysis equipment at its Ice/Debris Image Analysis Facility at the Kennedy Space Center.
JVC’s DLA-QX1, an ultra-high resolution projector, will be used to analyze shuttle flight data in conjunction with the SGI Onyx visualization system from Silicon Graphics.
Upgrades to the facility are part of NASA’s preparation for the Discovery shuttle launch. NASA monitors each shuttle launch using hundreds of cameras that capture images from every possible angle and phase of the launch.
Once the film and video images are gathered, they are uploaded onto SGI visualization and storage systems where the film is scanned and stored. The DLA-QX1 projector will enable NASA’s Ice/Debris Team to view and analyze ultra high-resolution (2048x1536) images on an 8ft wide screen.
The system, integrated by SGI Professional Services, allows NASA scientists to view images on a frame-by-frame basis and perform preliminary video analysis prior to a shuttle launch and provide more detailed film analysis following a launch for evaluation.
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