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The First Ever Image from SCOPE/RUDAK/AO40 in Space !



The First Ever Image from SCOPE/RUDAK/AO40 in Space !
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Dear All,

JAMSAT is pleased to announce that SCOPE camera on AO-40
successfully captured the first image in orbit.

Commissioning of SCOPE has been continued by RUDAK/SCOPE
team since 30th. July. Good operation of Cam-A (narrow
FOV) and Cam-B (wide FOV) were confirmed and some shots 
were tried to determine exposure time using the Cam-B. The 
first perfect image was captured by the Cam-B in Orbit 
354, 7th. August. The image is published at JAMSAT SCOPE 
home page:

http://www.jamsat.or.jp/scope/index_e.html
http://www.jamsat.or.jp/scope/010808/index_e.html

The image shows a crescent "blue" earth and suggests us
possibilities of SCOPE cameras. There are some blobs in
the image and they may be related to "December incident".
Please note the image was captured (30msec exposure) in 
spinning S/C so that it is smeared a little bit. It would
be possible to compensate the smear like the YACE image.

Special thanks to Jim White, Bdale Garbee the RUDAK team,
and Stacey Mills the command station for their great job
in the commissioning. Also AO-40 users should be appreciated
for their kind patience during the interruption of passband.

Congratulations to SCOPE project members on their superb 
work!

SCOPE - YOUR EYES IN SPACE

Best regards.

Yoshi Takeyasu / JA6XKQ for the SCOPE team
JAMSAT
ja6xkq@jamsat.or.jp

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