JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Redwire Corporation (NYSE:RDW), a leader in space infrastructure for the next-generation space economy, today announced that it has successfully delivered the first set of wired cameras for Artemis III as part of its production contract with Lockheed Martin for the Orion Camera System, a line of internal and external inspection and navigation cameras developed for NASA’s Orion spacecraft. As a critical component of NASA’s Artemis program, the Orion spacecraft is NASA’s next-generation human spacecraft for deep-space missions and will enable humanity’s return to the Moon in preparation for future crewed missions to Mars. The Orion camera system, developed by Redwire, is delivered under the Orion Production and Operations contract, which NASA awarded to Lockheed Martin in September 2019.
“Redwire is proud to partner with Lockheed Martin to provide the Orion Camera System, which will equip NASA’s first deep space exploration spacecraft with state-of-the-art cameras to advance flight manned space and support NASA’s exploration goals,” said Al Tadros, Chief Growth Officer. Officer and Executive Vice President of Space Infrastructure at Redwire. “The Orion program is essential to the long-term success of Artemis, returning humanity to the Moon and developing technology to take us further than ever before.”
Redwire is responsible for producing and testing camera and video system hardware for the Orion spacecraft, specifically 11 of the spacecraft’s 13 cameras. The Orion Camera System leverages COTS hardware that has been designed to operate in the space environment to provide high-performance video, still imaging, and optical navigation capabilities never before seen on a human-capable spacecraft. in deep space. The 11 internal and vacuum cameras that make up the Orion Camera System include wireless cameras positioned on each of Orion’s four solar panels, which allow in-flight inspection of the entire spacecraft, from the docking hatch to the main engine. The Orion camera system also includes an optical navigation camera, which uses machine vision to determine Orion’s position and speed relative to Earth. Other cameras inside and outside the spacecraft record and broadcast high-quality video of key mission events such as the separation, jettison, deployment, and release events.
Redwire’s contract with Lockheed Martin adds Artemis III through V missions, with options for Artemis VI through VIII. This follow-on contract, awarded in March 2021, builds on the successful initial development and delivery of camera system hardware to Lockheed Martin for use on Orion for NASA’s Artemis I and Artemis II missions. The full set of Artemis III cameras, controllers, antennas and associated cables are expected to be delivered in the first half of 2022.
“Redwire is proud to provide critical hardware for this exciting mission,” said Adam Biskner, executive vice president, Engineering Solutions. “The Orion Camera System developed for Lockheed Martin provides advanced vehicle imaging capability for human spaceflight, enabling humanity’s successful return to the Moon and beyond.”
Leveraging decades of flight experience, Redwire provides high-performance space camera systems for human and robotic spacecraft requiring machine vision, optical navigation, science, remote sensing, photogrammetry, inspection, video surveillance and mission documentation for commercial, civil space and defense applications. Redwire cameras were recently selected for NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (PRISM) and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM) 1A mission to Reiner Gamma as part of the Lunar Vertex rover science instrument suite .
Redwire Corporation (NYSE:RDW) is a leader in space infrastructure for the next-generation space economy, with valuable intellectual property for solar power generation and 3D printing and manufacturing in space. With decades of in-flight experience combined with the agile and innovative culture of a commercial space platform, Redwire is uniquely positioned to help customers solve the complex challenges of future space missions. For more information, visit www.redwirespace.com.