We're the team at NASA that designed and built the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) payload for the International Space Station (ISS), Ask us anything!
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We are the team at NASA's Johnson Space Center who designed and built the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) payload for the International Space Station (ISS). First activated in April 2014, the HDEV experiment places four commercially available HD cameras on the exterior of the ISS and uses them to stream live video of Earth for viewing online. The cameras are enclosed in a temperature controlled housing and are exposed to the harsh radiation of space. Analysis of the effect of space on the video quality, over the time HDEV is operational, may help engineers decide which cameras are the best types to use on future missions. High school students helped design some of the system components, through the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program.
See the current live stream here:
HDEV's Journey to the ISS:
Interview with Lead Engineer Lori Motes on Mar 7, 2014 prior to launch:
Recent interview with NASA project manager Dave Hornyak:
Team members on hand for today's AMA:
- Dave Hornyak - NASA Project Manager
- Lori Motes - HDEV Project Manager
- Susan Runco - Co-Principal Investigator, Science Operations
- Carlos Fontanot - Co-Principal Investigator, ISS Imagery Manager
- Chris Getteau - Space Station Imagery Integrator
- Chuck Claunch - Software Lead
- Jeff Wheeler - Broadcast Engineer
Group Photo posted