Japan sends a modified Pentax 300mm F4 lens into house aboard its Kitsune 6 microsatellite: Digital Pictures Overview

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The Pentax DA* 300mm F4 ED(IF) SDM lens has gone to house. Ricoh Imaging Japan introduced that its 300mm F4 lens for APS-C cameras has been put in within the Kitsune 6U CubeSat satellite tv for pc as a capturing lens.

Kitsune was in regards to the Antares rocket launched from Virginia final month. The rocket efficiently docked with the Worldwide Area Station (ISS). Kitsune 6U will acquire floor sensor knowledge and carry out high-resolution imaging of the Earth’s floor.

An ordinary Pentax DA* 300mm F4 lens

Kitsune 6U is a comparatively small satellite tv for pc developed by the HAK consortium, which incorporates Harada Seiki, Addnics Company and the Kyushi Institute of Expertise (Kyutech). The satellite tv for pc features a single digicam and lens and will probably be deployed from the ISS’s Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), nicknamed Kibō.

The nanosatellite will conduct a number of missions and its Earth observations embody a decision of 5m. Because of this every pixel of a picture covers a 5m x 5m space on the Earth’s floor. You’ll be able to study extra about spatial decision for satellite tv for pc imagery by clicking right here.

The customized Pentax 300mm F4 lens designed for the Kitsune 6U nanosatellite

The Pentax 300mm F4 lens was chosen resulting from its resolving efficiency, compact dimension and adaptableness to make use of in house. As a result of it is a commercially-produced lens, it is also an inexpensive possibility. The lens has been positioned inside a personalized barrel to be used within the satellite tv for pc.

In a translated assertion, Mr. Hirotoshi Harada, President of Harada Seiki, one in every of JAXA’s associate firms and a member of the HAK consortium, stated, ‘As a satellite tv for pc wanted in the present day, it’s an easy-to-use satellite tv for pc with a low utilization hurdle. This satellite tv for pc is meant for leisure and tutorial use. To create a satellite tv for pc that’s each simple to make use of and cheap, it was vital to make use of client merchandise and adapt them to house tools. The Kitsune satellite tv for pc is a step ahead within the subject of recent satellites due to the joint analysis with Ricoh Imaging Firm. If we now have a satellite tv for pc that can be utilized by many individuals in an off-the-cuff, playful method, its use will enhance. This may contribute to the data trade, which is extra carefully associated to folks’s each day lives. Harada Seiki, like Ricoh Imaging Company, which cooperated with us this time, will contribute to the world to make folks completely happy.’

A accomplished satellite tv for pc

There have been many cameras and lenses from well-known photograph manufacturers despatched to house over time. If you would like to study extra about cameras and lenses in house, take a look at this video. Pentax itself has a wealthy historical past with astrophotography from Earth. The corporate gives cameras with astrophotography-oriented options, corresponding to Astrotracer. You’ll be able to study extra about Pentax and astrophotography at this devoted micro-site on Ricoh Imaging.


All photographs courtesy of Ricoh Imaging Japan

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