JAMSAT The Japan AMSAT Association
As commisioning of SCOPE digital color camera modules onboard AMSAT-OSCAR-40 spacecraft continues, the first full resolution image of Earth was captured and downloaded via RUDAK successfully.
The First Ever Image from SCOPE/RUDAK/AO40 in Space !
Aug. 8, 2001 Tokyo, JAMSAT SCOPE Team
First Image from SCOPE-B/RUDAK/AO40 in Space !
First SCOPE image in orbit (reduced in size)
JAMSAT is pleased to announce that SCOPE camera on AO-40 successfully captured the first image in orbit.
Commissioning of SCOPE has been continued by RUDAK/SCOPE team since 30th. July. Good operation of Cam-A (narrow FOV) and Cam-B (wide FOV) were confirmed and some shots were tried to determine exposure time using the Cam-B. The first perfect image was captured by the Cam-B in Orbit 354, 7th. August. The image is published at JAMSAT SCOPE home page:
The image shows a crescent "blue" earth and suggests us possibilities of SCOPE cameras. There are some blobs in the image and they may be related to "December incident".
Please note the image was captured (30msec exposure) in spinning S/C so that it is smeared a little bit. It would be possible to compensate the smear like the YACE image.
Special thanks to Jim White, Bdale Garbee the RUDAK team, and Stacey Mills the command station for their great job in the commissioning. Also AO-40 users should be appreciated
for their kind patience during the interruption of passband.
Congratulations to SCOPE project members on their superb work!
SCOPE - YOUR EYES IN SPACE
Yoshi Takeyasu / JA6XKQ for the SCOPE team
de JAMSAT SCOPE Team
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