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Geocam Space Completes Delivery of Batteries and Charging Equipment to the International Space Station
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Geocam Space Completes Delivery of Batteries and Charging Equipment to the International Space Station

Geocam Space completed an advance launch of several batteries and associated charging equipment to the International Space Station (ISS), preceding the delivery of the primary Geocam hardware. These launched successfully in the early morning of Monday, May 21st, on Orbital ATK's Antares Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) OA-9E rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, and reached the ISS on Thursday. They will initially support the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Crew Interactive MObile companioN (CIMON) astronaut assistant, and later the Astrobee free-flying satellite as well, which along with Geocam is also being developed by the Intelligent Robotics Group.

These Custom Off-The-Shelf (COTS) batteries, whose safety certification and preparatory engineering processes were performed and coordinated by the Geocam Space project, represent a powerful project synergy, reducing redundant equipment on the ISS and encouraging design commonalities. This decreases ISS crew retraining and highly labor-intensive and separate battery certifications by these projects. The remaining Geocam hardware system has completed most certification testing and, after additional small design refinements and hardware integration, will launch on an upcoming ISS CRS.

BACKGROUND: The Geocam Space project is developing an improved georegistration system for photos of Earth taken by crew inside the ISS using handheld digital Single-Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras. The system consists of a camera accessory module that adds timing, pointing, and other data to images as they are taken, and a ground-based software tool that allows semi-automated photo-to-map alignment.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: ISS program, Human Exploration Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)

TEAM: Battery Preparation Team: Michael Dille (Tech Lead), Ernest Smith (PM), and Antoine Tardy; Broader Team: Dayne Kemp, Grace Lee, Scott McMichael, and Terry Fong (PI)

COLLABORATORS: Astrobee project, and especially Vinh To

CUSTOMERS: ISS Avionics & Software (JSC-OD), ISS Photo/TV Operations (JSC-CX), and ISS Crew Earth Observation (JSC-XI)

POINT OF CONTACT: Michael Dille, michael.dille@nasa.gov

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