Tech Update II: GoPros in SPACE!
over 6 years ago
– Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 10:25:10 PM
Space is unforgiving. Between thermal extremes, vacuum, and increased radiation, most consumer electronics will not last long. Astronauts have to take extra laptops to the ISS for this reason. Spacecraft electronics have to be hardened against radiation and extremes of heat and cold.
Which is why the recent NASA spacewalk footage is so amazing. Besides the high-resolution video, a first for a spacewalk, the GoPro camera used wasn’t really designed for space. It was designed for adventure. Thanks to that experience, we are confident that the GoPro is the right camera to use in the Overview One. GoPros having a sign-off from NASA and real space heritage goes a long way towards making this project a reality. You do have to replace the GoPro batteries, and we have budgeted for and sourced ITAR certified 2000 mAh space heritage battery packs from Cell-Con (More on that inTech Update V: LiFePO4 Batteries)
Tech updates will be released every 3 days. The next topic… the ISS data bottleneck. You can ask other technical questions in the comments below and on Twitter using the hashtag #AskSpaceVR, which we will answer in our mid campaign Q&A video and Reddit AMA.
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