|Category:||Head-Up Display [HUD]|
|Object Type:||Signal/Data Processor|
|Object Name:||HUD Video Camera Electronics Unit|
|Platform(s):||F-16A/B Fighting Falcon|
|Year of Manufacture:||1982|
|Location:||Rack RAA12 (collection part) [Mezzanine Store]|
This item warranted for 365 days
Warranty terminates 22 Jun 1983
Process defective items under Para. 134, Sect. J, Chap.10, Part One, Vol. 1, AFM 67-1
This is the Electronics Unit and base from a camera designed, built and tested to USAF requirements for use with the F-16A/B Head Up Display. The camera consists of a Video Sensor Head (VSH) assembly and an Electronics Unit (EU) assembly which can be separated up to 20 feet or directly coupled to provide a compact integral assembly. Input power for the Camera is obtained from the 115 VAC, three phase 400 Hz aircraft power source.
Five of these cameras were purchased by the USAF for the NASA-Johnson Space Center (JSC) under contract No, F33657-79-C-0722 to be used on the Space Shuttle Orbiter. For the NASA/JSC application, the cameras were modified to operate from a 28Vdc supply, a number of circuit changes were made, the normal 31 mm focal length lens assemblies were removed and replaced with wider field-of-view 19mm focal length lenses, and some mounting and heat sink arrangements were changed to suit the space environment.
The Contract date is 1979 but this Camera seems to have been supplied in 1982 with a one year warranty. Operational flights of the Space Shuttle began in 1982 and five complete Shuttle systems were built. It is understandable that one of these Cameras should be at Rochester because the F-16A/B HUD was supplied by the Company but the contract for NASA-JSC has no link to Rochester as far as is known although Marconi Avionics did bid for the Space Shuttle HUD but were unsuccessful.