Collection: NASA Human Spaceflight Collection
General Description: STS-87 Shuttle Mission Imagery
Description: S97-08329 (24 July 1997) --- The Autonomous Extravehicular Activity Robotic Camera Sprint (AERCam Sprint) is an experiment planned to demonstrate the use of a prototype free-flying television camera that could be used for remote inspections of the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS). The AERCam Sprint free-flyer is a 14-inch diameter, 35-pound sphere that contains two television cameras, an avionics system and 12 small nitrogen gas-powered thrusters. Astronaut Winston E. Scott, mission specialist, will release the sphere, which looks like an over-sized soccer ball, during a planned Extravehicular Activity (EVA). It will then fly freely in the forward cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Columbia for about half an hour. The free-flyer will be remotely controlled by astronaut Steven W. Lindsey, pilot, from Columbia's aft flight deck using a hand controller, two laptop computers and a window-mounted antenna.
image id: Photo-s97-08329
UID: SPD-SPFLT-Photo-s97- 08329
original url: spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-87/html/s...
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