5.4 Utilising an Autonomous Video Kit for Launcher to Video Deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope
- ettc2022 - European Test and Telemetry Conference
2022-05-10 - 2022-05-12
- 5. Imaging & Video
- D. Corry, D. Gleeson, M. Martin, J. Murphy, P. O'Connor, A. O’Grady, P. Reynolds, J. Ward - Réaltra Space Systems Engineering Ltd., Dublin (Ireland)
- 137 - 144
This paper describes the elements of a video kit comprised of terrestrial COTS equipment, modified and re-qualified for the space environment and supplied as a complete self-contained system with minimal interfaces to the host launcher. The video system was used to capture, compress and downlink the HD video images of the James Webb Telescope being deployed after launch on 25th of December 2021, and provided mankind’s last direct view of the telescope as it headed on its mission. The video system provided the world’s first HD video images broadcast from orbit. The paper describes the components of the video kit and the process of development, integration and qualification that led to the capture of those iconic images.