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Schneider Lenses Used in NASA Shuttle

Photonics Spectra
Jan 2006
NASA has selected Schneider lenses for two space shuttle flight safety systems as part of its Shuttle Return to Flight program. It will use a Xenoplan f/2.8, 50-mm compact C-mount lens from Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH of Bad Kreuznach, Germany, on the shuttle’s orbital inspection boom. The inspection system incorporates cameras and a laser ranging system for scanning the orbiter’s exterior for damage while in flight, enabling astronauts to repair it before re-entry into the atmosphere. The product satisfies NASA’s requirements for a compact lens that can withstand the g forces and vibrations of shuttle launches.

In other business, lens and professional filter manufacturer Schneider Optics Inc. of Hauppauge, N.Y., has formed a national photo/video support team led by its director of sales and marketing, Barry Rubin. He will work with staff and sales representatives to integrate the company’s digital photography and videography efforts.



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