LE3 Aerial Photography

Lunar Geological Exploration Camera - LGEC

Far from the lowly drone world, astronauts traveled to the moon and space craft to other planets. During the Apollo program a special camera was developed and manufactured by a little firm called Goerz Optical Company. Located in Pittsburgh, this little company competed for camera work from NASA. The LGEC was designed to support geological exploration on the moon. Geological exploration became a priority as the program matured. The LGEC was a combination 3D/2D camera. Thanks to former Goerz Q.C. Manager, Bernie Hobach, we provide interesting information on this camera.

Hopefully future projects will send more innovative cameras to the moon.

And a note on drones in space; a drone may be flying on Mars in a future mission. The planet has a thin atmosphere that can support drone flight. These flying craft would be able to travel much faster and over a wider variety of terrain than the mars rovers. The rovers could act as base stations, in addition to their other duties. Update:NASA has announced they will be sending a drone-like vehicle to Mars in the Mars 2020 mission.

Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon, has died.  Bean worked on the lunar camera and made smart changes to its design.

 

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Quality Program Documentaiton Schedule - Lunar Camera

May 13, 1970 Design Review  

 

May 13, 1970 Design Review  

 

May 13, 1970 Design Review  

 

May 13, 1970 Design Review  

 

 

 

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