#NASA #SLS – NASA’s New Camera HiDyRS-X Captures Slow-Motion Video Of Space Rocket Test : The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has developed a special camera capable of filming incredible slow motion videos of booming rocket engines.
Traditional high-speed video cameras can only shoot one exposure at a time, but the camera called the High Dynamic Range Stereo X camera, or HiDyRS-X, can record several high-speed video exposures all at once and then combine these into an HDR video that can expose all areas in the clip.
On Aug. 6, NASA released a footage captured by HiDyRS-X for the first time: a three-minute clip showing in an unprecedented detail the most recent test of one of the boosters for the U.S. space agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.
The SLS, which is set to be the most powerful rocket in the world, will be used to launch the new Orion spacecraft that will take astronauts farther into deep space.
The SLS will use two of the boosters, each measuring 17-story tall and can burn 5.5 tons of propellant per second to produce 3.6 million pounds of thrust.
Filming footage of rocket booster tests poses problems since the generated plumes of fires are extremely bright. As a result, camera operators would either expose the footage for the bright plume, leaving everything else looking dark and underexposed, or expose for everything else, which would make the plume appear void of detail. The new camera solves this problem since it can capture all of the details in one shot.