Peenya centre of Isro to develop space cameras

To be used in Indias maiden human space flight vehicle

Laboratory for Electro-Optical System (LEOS) centre in Bangalore is in the final stages of getting the specifications for these products approved before it could formally begin development.

The Indian Human Space Flight Programme is a proposal by Isro to develop and launch the Orbital Vehicle to carry a two-member crew by 2015, which has got a green signal from the Government of India in February last year. The spaceship, once developed, would be launched by India’s GSLV-Mk II launcher, Nair had said.

LEOS Director V Koteswara Rao told Deccan Herald that his team would be developing the vision cameras and port glass panels for the orbit vehicle. He said his team has been doing research on the products and have made a final proposal which is subject to the approval from the head office and authorities concerned.

The port glass panels will be similar to panels used in present-day aircrafts, with some additional applications as the objective of the usage is different. Sources in the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) said it would be equipped with several sensors and nano instrument and could be applied to measure various parameters of temperature and identify spots.

The vision cameras, he said, will have multiple applications on the vehicle. While it would help in collecting images, which would be compiled and studied, it would also help the crew collect information of the vehicle itself, thereby helping in monitoring it.

“Given that it will be only a two-member crew, the cameras will aid them in monitoring the vehicle from all positions. For instance, if they are in one module, they will be able to view the status of other modules and positions within the vehicle with the help of these.”

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