Model, Sensor, Large Format Camera

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This object is on display in the Looking at Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

The Large Format Camera (LFC) flew on a Space Shuttle mission in 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.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

Credit Line

Gift of ITEK Corporation

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). Weight: 113 kg (250 lbs).

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts

Inventory Number

A19850653000