10.03.2003 12:00 PM
FOR-A image stabilization helps NASA monitor rocket launches

NASA subcontractor Analex Corp. is using three FOR-A IVS-300 video image stabilizers to monitor multiple outdoor launch pads at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla.



The IVS-300 stabilizer electronically removes shakes and judders from both recorded images and live surveillance in vertical, horizontal and oblique directions at a maximum movement of 20 percent from a still picture.

The IVS-300 stabilizer electronically removes shakes and judders from both recorded images and live surveillance in vertical, horizontal and oblique directions at a maximum movement of 20 percent from a still picture. The image system is designed to correct picture shake in cameras placed in outdoor locations with significant wind and traffic vibration.

From Hanger AE at the Space Center, Charlie Thompson, video engineer for Analex, uses IVS-300 systems to supervise all video and still photography monitoring related to the launch of Atlas, Delta and Titan rockets. The effects of wind and other weather conditions at the seaside location, coupled with the weight of the extra long lens (Canon J15x9.5B4ITS with X2 extender-9.5-143MM zoom lens), often makes unstabilized video pictures unusable.

Live signals from several of the cameras are routed through the IVS-3000 units, eliminating virtually all shake and movement. Signals are then distributed to a video routing switcher before going out over the facility’s closed circuit TV system for general consumption.

NASA has found that its cameras mounted remotely on top of buildings are more prone to shake and judder caused by exposure to the elements and vibration, which can ruin an otherwise perfectly good shot.

Hiro Tanoue, a FOR-A sales manager, said that the IVS-300 has become increasingly popular with broadcasters and media organizations that rely on small surveillance cameras to monitor weather, traffic and even government and military applications.

The FOR-A IVS-300 video stabilizer is a compact, 1RU unit that corrects unwanted movement due to weather conditions and excess weight when telephoto or zoom lenses are used.

For more information, visit: www.FOR-A.com.



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