RED Epic Dragon camera gives viewers the next best thing to being in orbit
NASA will soon beuploading 6K video clips of the International Space Station (ISS)thanks to the delivery of a RED Epic Dragon super high resolutioncamera, the same model that was used to shoot Peter Jackson's TheHobbit trilogy. In the comingmonths, the Epic Dragon will bring viewers closer to the spacestation than ever before.
RED has a pedigree inmaking imaging devices of a more Earth-bound nature, and thecompany's newest contribution to the ISS is sure to contribute to theEarth-imaging revolution that has swept across social media in recentmonths.
The camera, deliveredto the ISS in January by the fifth SpaceX resupply mission, representsa significant leap forward in video recording capabilities for thestation. The Epic Dragon camera is capable of shooting up to 300frames per second in 6K quality, (6144 x 3160 pixels) or if neededcan scale the resolution down to that of a standard HDTV (1920 x 1080pixels)
The Epic Dragon superhigh resolution camera will allow the station's crew to maximizetheir observations of scientific experiments and close-proximity ISSmaneuvers, such as the docking of manned/unmanned spacecraft. Theequipment also represents another powerful tool for the agency'salready impressive PR machine.
However, on a more basiclevel NASA is bringing a clearer view of humanity's most isolatedoutpost, a symbol of international cooperation that belongs toeveryone and that will be readily accessible soon in stunningdefinition to anyone with an internet connection and a 4K-compatiblescreen.
In June, NASA releaseda number of videos taken by the Epic Dragon to show off thequality of the new camera. The agency has now released a new, moreplayful video, showing astronaut Terry Virts watching the results ofan effervescent tablet reacting in a floating water bubble. Theagency plan to upload more ultra high resolution video to itsReelNASA YouTube channel soon.
Scroll down for a lookat NASA's newest Epic Dragon video.