NASA Using Israeli-developed Micro-camera on International Space Station

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This August 12, 2014 NASA image shows the International Space Station above the eastern coast of South America as it orbits the Earth.Credit: AFP

Medigus, an Israeli company that develops micro-cameras and tools for minimally invasive surgery, has announced that NASA has incorporated one of its cameras into a robotic inspection tool it is testing on the International Space Station. 

Medigus’ micro ScoutCam 1.2, used for medical and industrial purposes, is the world’s smallest camera, according to Globes. It is used in urology, gynecology, dentistry, robotics, and micro-drilling inspection, among other uses.

The Visual Inspection Poseable Invertebrate Robot (VIPIR) is a tool for inspection that is being tested as part of an experiment on the International Space Station. Medigus’ micro ScoutCam 1.2 is being used on the VIPIR as a borescope camera, meaning that it is being used in order to view areas that would otherwise not be visible.

Medigus was awarded the contract to supply miniature cameras to NASA in 2012.

“Our partnership with NASA is a powerful testament to the technological versatility of micro ScoutCam 1.2,” Globes cited Medigus CEO Chris Rowland as saying.

VIPIR was launched to the International Space Station with the Medigus camera at the end of last month.

“NASA is steadily maturing a set of robotic technologies that could help prolong the lives of satellites on orbit, thereby providing new capabilities for the Agency,” NASA’s Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office deputy project manager Benjamin Reed said. “Medigus’ micro ScoutCam 1.2 met the requirements for VIPIR’s borescope camera, and will demonstrate inspection capabilities once Robotic Refueling Mission operations begin.” 

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