NASA has made some huge strides this week, unveiling some awesome footage that they took of a rocket test from a new advanced camera. Previously they haven’t been able to record any kind of details in video shots of rocket motor plumes, often due to the contrast.

With NASA’s new High Dynamic Range Stereo X (HiDyRS-X) camera, this has all changed.

The camera is a prototype device that is capable of capturing at multiple exposures and then combining them for a remarkably detailed video.

You can see this in the video below, which shows NASA’s latest rocket test in huge detail, with a clear view at not only the plume, but also the motor and even the background, without the plume being over-exposed when compared to everything else.

Check it out below.

NASA explained more about it with the following:

“Traditionally, video cameras record using one exposure at a time, but HiDyRS-X records multiple, slow motion video exposures at once, combining them into a high dynamic range video that perfectly exposes all areas of the video image.

The HiDyRS-X project began as part of NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Early Career Initiative (ECI), designed to give young engineers the opportunity to lead projects and develop hardware alongside leading innovators in industry. Howard Conyers, a structural dynamist at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, was awarded as an ECI grant in 2015. After initial proof of concept and a preliminary design review, the HiDyRS-X project was placed within NASA’s Game Changing Development program to complete its first prototype. Created in partnership with Innovative Imaging and Research Corporation, the project was tested on small rocket nozzle plumes at Stennis.

The massive booster test served as a rare opportunity to test the HiDyRS-X hardware in a full-scale environment. The Qualification Motor 2, or QM-2, test was held at Orbital ATK’s test facility in Promontory, Utah, and was the second and final booster test before SLS’s first test flight in late 2018. SLS will be the most powerful rocket in the world, and will take our astronauts farther into deep space than ever before.”

You can read more about it at the source link below.

Source: NASA

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