April 30, 2009

Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP)

Filed under: Government Policies, Inner Solar System, Moons, Space Exploration, Wierd — bferrari @ 8:54 pm

From an Avid Reader

Example from LOIRP

Example from LOIRP

It’s from the The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) where they have (or are in the process of) restoring / rebuilding a couple Ampex FR-900 units of 60’s vintage to be able to read the high-resolution image tapes taken in ’66 that have been in storage and not tossed by the perserverence of NASA employees. They are of much greater quality than what was released at the time. The drives are being pieced together/rebuilt from a few remaining units, and the storage format is being reverse engineered. Some sample images are out but I hear they have to do a lot more work to make the (working) drive operable for longer time periods…

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