Aerospace & Defense
NASA's New High Dynamic Range Camera Records Rocket Test
This is footage of Orbital ATK's QM-2 solid rocket booster test taken by NASA's High Dynamic Range Stereo X (HiDyRS-X) camera. HiDyRS-X records high-speed, high-dynamic range footage in multiple exposures simultaneously for use in analyzing rocket engine tests. Traditional high-speed video cameras are limited to shooting in one exposure at a time, but HiDyRS-X can record multiple high speed video exposures at once, combining them into a high-dynamic range video that adequately exposes all areas of the video image for comprehensive analysis. This summer, NASA and Orbital ATK are conducting the second qualification ground test of the five-segment rocket motor that will be used for initial thrust for NASA's heavy-lift Space Launch System, which will enable new missions of exploration across the solar system.