Web Camera, Ultraport


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This thin, lightweight video camera was used on the STS-127 shuttle mission to the International Space Station in 2009. It can be plugged into a laptop computer via a USB connection and demonstrates the ability of NASA to use commercially available equipment for spaceflight. With this camera, astronauts could have video conferences via conventional means with people back on Earth, including their families. The small lens can be manipulated to achieve the best viewing angle for framing themselves.

NASA transferred this camera to the Smithsonian in 2010.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Country of Origin



  • Synthetic
  • Paper
  • Copper Alloy
  • Foam
  • Aluminum Alloy
  • Glass
  • Coating
  • Velcro


  • 3-D (Camera): 14.6 × 1.9 × 2.5cm (5 3/4 × 3/4 × 1 in.)
  • 3-D (Plastic Bag): 17.8 × 6.3cm (7 × 2 1/2 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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