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KidSat Instrument

Flight 1 (Mar '96)

Cargo-bay camera
Dedicated CTVC
Color CCD Video Camera
(Ku or S-Band Downlink)


Digital Camera Command & Data Computer
(IBM 486 Thinkpad Computer-Model 755)
w/ expansion chassis (not shown)

2k x 3k color CCD
6 MBytes/raw frame

Camera and bracket mounted to Flight overhead window.
Electronic Still Camera-2
(Modified Kodak DCS-460)

Camera Lenses
50 mm
105 mm
180 mm 
300 mm 
400 mm


Ku-Com or Orbiter Com Adapter 

Payload Data
Interface Panel

Ku-Bar link (Ch

2 or 4 Mbps 
128 kbps

Data subset downlinked to WhiteSands/DomSat and routed to KidSat Info System for real-time data processing

Removable 350 MB hard discs for image storage
Lossless image data set available post-flight

Photo: NASA-JSC, STS-59. 4/94: Pilot Kevin Clifton performing Earth observations. Kevin in the commander for STS-76. KidsSat fit 1.

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