FLIR Machine Vision Cameras Capture

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On February 18th, NASA successfully landed the Perseverance Rover on Mars. This isn’t the first Mars mission, but it was the first time that the entry, descent, and landing of a spacecraft was filmed and broadcasted live for the public to watch and virtually participate in. 6 FLIR machine vision cameras captured the event from multiple angles, documenting all stages of the thrilling touchdown. While only a few minutes long, the footage has already helped engineers evaluate how well their work performed in space, and inspired millions of viewers around the world. 
Watch the official video released by NASA of the descent and touchdown (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) :



The Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) of the rover may only be a few minutes long, but a lot is going on in those few minutes. Here’s a breakdown of what you’re seeing and from what angle.

After entering the Martian atmosphere, the parachute deploys about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from the surface. Just before this point, three up-looking cameras began recording, capturing footage of the supersonic deployment of the most massive parachute ever sent to space: 

Five miles off the ground, the heat shield (used to protect the rover during entry into the Martian atmosphere) drops off and exposes the rover down-look camera, showing some of the rover’s intense ride to Mars’ Jezero Crater:

Then the rover drops away from the back shell (and parachute). From there, its descent is managed by a rocket-powered descent stage called the “SkyCrane.” Here’s a view of the rover captured by a down-looking camera on the SkyCrane:

Then it’s a touchdown! Here’s a view (from a camera on the rover) of the SkyCrane being swept away as the rover touches down on the surface of Mars to begin its mission:

The cameras that captured this footage are FLIR RGB machine vision cameras and include five 1.3-megapixel cameras and one 3.1-megapixel USB camera. “FLIR cameras are designed for operation on Earth, and not built to operate in outer space,” said Sadiq Panjwani, VP of the Integrated Imaging Solutions (IIS) division at FLIR. “So we were quite thrilled that NASA put them to the test.” 

NASA began contacting FLIR in 2015 to investigate suitable cameras for the EDL (Entry, Descent Landing) system. Engineers were looking for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware with an emphasis on low cost and ease of system integration.

This is the first time that FLIR machine vision cameras have been subjected to the extreme temperatures or high gravity forces experienced during the Mars landing. Everyone involved in the engineering and manufacture of cameras at FLIR is thrilled about this testament to their durability and performance. And of course, ecstatic to say that their work has made it to Mars! 

Congratulations to the team at NASA and everyone involved in making this historic milestone a reality.


Helion 2 XQ Thermal Imaging Monocular

Pulsar Optics, the leading developer and manufacturer of night and thermal vision optics for outdoor professionals and hobbyists, is launching HELION 2 XQ38F and HELION 2 XQ50F thermal imaging monoculars. This is an update to the extremely popular Helion XQ series - a practical full-featured thermal imaging monoculars for hunting and other outdoor activities with extended operation time and in a medium price segment.

Helion 2 XQ comes in a brand new magnesium alloy body that makes already rugged Helion even more shock resistant. However, most important upgrades hide within.

  • Sensitive <40 mK 384х288 @ 17µm sensor in combination with new fast aperture germanium lens (f1.0) allows even greater heat signature detection.
  • Full colour HD AMOLED display will help you see that thermal image even clearer and record the video in .mp4 format in 1024x768 resolution.
  • 9 hours of non-stop operation with quickly replaceable IPS7 and rechargeable external battery.

The features that all Pulsar users are already accustomed to are also available in Helion 2 XQ series:

  • Image boost technology.
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  • Variable digital zoom.
  • Picture-in-Picture mode.
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I’m sure all South African’s are wondering what the Lekke Pot really is and why it’s the best braai bak around! The Lekke Pot is made for South Africans by South Africans.  The Lekke Pot is the best braai bak currently available on the market. Why? The reason is simple. The Lekke Pot can keep the heat in for between 4 – 6 hours, allowing you to take all the time you want to enjoy braaing and being able to have a piping hot meal!

How is this possible? The Lekke Pot has double stainless-steel insulated walls and a unique locking system that is built to keep the heat in!

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Too hot to braai or eat? No problem! The Lekke Pot can be used as a cooler box instead – keeping your cooldrink, ice-cream and ice freezing cold.  

The Advantages of the Lekke Pot

  • Keeps your food hot/cold for 4 – 6 hours.
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The Lekke Pot is available in 3 sizes:

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