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JAXA, Ricoh Release 360-degree Spherical Pictures & Videos Captured on ISS

20 Oct 2019, 17:01 UTC
JAXA, Ricoh Release 360-degree Spherical Pictures & Videos Captured on ISS
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Spherical image shot in outer space converted to flat image. (Credit: Ricoh)

TOKYO, October 17, 2019 (Ricoh PR) – Ricoh Company, Ltd., (Tokyo, Japan) today announced that the 360-degree spherical camera jointly developed with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully captured 360-degree spherical pictures and videos in outer space. The pictures and videos were released today.

The camera was installed to monitor the operation of the biaxial gimbal of the SOLISS (Small Optical Link for International Space Station).1 It was carried aboard the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV8) “KOUNOTORI-8”, the cargo transporter to the International Space Station (ISS), which was launched on September 25th, 2019.

The camera shot spherical pictures and videos from the Exposed Facility of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) “Kibo” and which were then sent to ground stations. This camera was developed from a consumer product and is the world’s smallest 360-degree camera that can be used in outer space. This is the first time that this 360-degree camera took spherical images in outer space.

The camera was based on Ricoh’s compact spherical camera RICOH THETA,2 and JAXA has modified this camera so it could be used in space and withstand the heat and radiation. Given ...

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