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A Novel Hemispherical and Dynamic Camera for EVAs

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A Novel Hemispherical and Dynamic Camera for EVAs
This SBIR project is to develop a novel Hemispherical and Dynamic Camera(HDC) with ultra-wide field of view and low geometric distortion. The novel technology we proposed would lead to ultra-compact, low-power, light weight, and high resolution hemispherical camera for EVAs. We successfully completed the Phase 1 project with a novel optical design, functional prototypes, extensive experimental results and commercialization potential. All Phase 1 objectives are met and exceeded. Phase 2 program will afford us to design and build a fully functional miniature EVA camera systems, and perform extensive tests for NASA's EMU and EVA applications. Capitalizing upon the breakthrough we have made thus far, we propose the following Phase 2 technical objectives: Objective 1: Design and build a fully functional prototype of the EMU camera system; Objective 2: Carry out extensive validation experiments and improve the EMU camera prototype; Objective 3: Design and build a prototype of EVA Smart PTZ camera; Objective 4: Carry out extensive validation experiments and improve EVA Smart PTZ prototype; Objective 5: Work closely with COTR to facilitate NASA applications and broad adoption of the Neo360 optics and Smart PTZ technologies developed under this SBIR; Objective 6: Pursue commercialization of the developed Neo360 and Smart PTZ technology. More »

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