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
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
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