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Large Format Camera (LFC)

NSSDCA ID: 1984-108A-02

Mission Name: STS 41G
Principal Investigator:Mr. Bernard H. Mollberg


The Large Format Camera (LFC) was a photographic camera with a 305-mm focal length, an F/6 aperture, and a film format of 23 by 46 cm. The objective was to evaluate the utility of orbital photography for cartographic mapping and land use studies at scales of 1:50,000. To minimize smearing effects, the camera's film platen moved horizontally along the Shuttle's line of flight when the shutter was open. A ground resolution of 10 m was achieved at altitudes of 200 to 250 km with standard photographic films. The LFC was able to obtain overlapping stereoscopic coverage along the Shuttle's flight path with base-to-height ratios of 0.3, 0.6, 0.9, and 1.2. A total of 2289 photographic frames were obtained, and the experiment was considered a success.

Alternate Names

  • LFC
  • STS41G/LFC


  • Earth Science: Land Surface Processes

Additional Information

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NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Mr. Bernard H. MollbergPrincipal InvestigatorNASA Johnson Space Center
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