Spacecraft Video Equipment
Section 4.3.12.
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External Cameras and Lights

The spacecraft will be bristling with external cameras. Most would be fixed on some part of the external surface of the spacecraft, but one or two would be on long, skinny booms to photograph the spacecraft in flight.

The lights required would look a bit like the typical floodlights you see around big buildings. Imagine a 1 inch diameter tube, 4 inches long, in a reflector 6" x 8"; and some sort of box around it with mounting bracketry to fasten it to the spacecraft. These too would be scattered around the external surface of the spacecraft, illuminating both it and either the space station or the lunar surface.

The cameras would look like little cans; we can fit even a high-resolution video camera into a box 3"x3"x8". These would be mounted on mechanical bases which can tilt and pan by remote control.

Thermal insulation on the outside of the camera, because of the harsh sunlight and freezing shadow in space, means only the lens would show on the camera. There would probably be a need for a moveable sun shade on the camera.

Spacecraft Video Equipment

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