Model, Sensor, Large Format Camera

The Large Format Camera (LFC) flew on Space Shuttle missions in 1981 and 1984, photographing large swaths of the Earth's surface.

Originally developed for use in high-altitude aircraft, the camera took its name from its large format film (23 x 46 cm). This film size, in combination with the camera's special optics, allowed the LFC to capture in a single frame more than 60,000 square kilometers (23,400 square miles) with enough resolution to distinguish buildings and roads. The images helped in creating precise, detailed maps and aided in geological analysis, environmental monitoring, and urban planning.

The museum's artifact is a model of the camera and associated electronics, but includes real optics, which can be seen through a cutaway. ITEK Corporation donated the model to the Museum in 1985.

Gift of ITEK Corporation

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
ITEK Corporation

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Looking at Earth

Type
MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Aluminum, plastic, wood
Dimensions
Approximate (assembled): 2 ft. 9 in. deep x 4 ft. 4 in. tall x 2 ft. 9 in. wide (83.82 x 132.08 x 83.82cm)
Support (display attachment): 2 ft. 7 in. diameter x 2 ft. 1 in. tall (78.74 x 63.5cm)

The Large Format Camera (LFC) flew on Space Shuttle missions in 1981 and 1984, photographing large swaths of the Earth's surface.

Originally developed for use in high-altitude aircraft, the camera took its name from its large format film (23 x 46 cm). This film size, in combination with the camera's special optics, allowed the LFC to capture in a single frame more than 60,000 square kilometers (23,400 square miles) with enough resolution to distinguish buildings and roads. The images helped in creating precise, detailed maps and aided in geological analysis, environmental monitoring, and urban planning.

The museum's artifact is a model of the camera and associated electronics, but includes real optics, which can be seen through a cutaway. ITEK Corporation donated the model to the Museum in 1985.

Gift of ITEK Corporation

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
ITEK Corporation

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Looking at Earth

Type
MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Aluminum, plastic, wood
Dimensions
Approximate (assembled): 2 ft. 9 in. deep x 4 ft. 4 in. tall x 2 ft. 9 in. wide (83.82 x 132.08 x 83.82cm)
Support (display attachment): 2 ft. 7 in. diameter x 2 ft. 1 in. tall (78.74 x 63.5cm)

ID: A19850653000