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Title: Constrained space camera assembly

Abstract

A constrained space camera assembly which is intended to be lowered through a hole into a tank, a borehole or another cavity. The assembly includes a generally cylindrical chamber comprising a head and a body and a wiring-carrying conduit extending from the chamber. Means are included in the chamber for rotating the body about the head without breaking an airtight seal formed therebetween. The assembly may be pressurized and accompanied with a pressure sensing means for sensing if a breach has occurred in the assembly. In one embodiment, two cameras, separated from their respective lenses, are installed on a mounting apparatus disposed in the chamber. The mounting apparatus includes means allowing both longitudinal and lateral movement of the cameras. Moving the cameras longitudinally focuses the cameras, and moving the cameras laterally away from one another effectively converges the cameras so that close objects can be viewed. The assembly further includes means for moving lenses of different magnification forward of the cameras.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [1]
  1. Aiken, SC
  2. Augusta, GA
  3. Trenton, SC
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
872285
Patent Number(s):
5903306
Assignee:
Westinghouse Savannah River Company (Aiken, SC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
H - ELECTRICITY H04 - ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE H04N - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
G - PHYSICS G03 - PHOTOGRAPHY G03B - APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OR FOR PROJECTING OR VIEWING THEM
DOE Contract Number:  
AC09-89SR18035
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
constrained; space; camera; assembly; intended; lowered; tank; borehole; cavity; cylindrical; chamber; comprising; head; wiring-carrying; conduit; extending; means; included; rotating; breaking; airtight; seal; formed; therebetween; pressurized; accompanied; pressure; sensing; breach; occurred; embodiment; cameras; separated; respective; lenses; installed; mounting; apparatus; disposed; allowing; longitudinal; lateral; movement; moving; longitudinally; focuses; laterally; effectively; converges; close; viewed; magnification; forward; pressure sensing; formed therebetween; lateral movement; sensing means; tight seal; mounting apparatus; conduit extending; cylindrical chamber; camera assembly; seal formed; space camera; seal form; constrained space; /348/

Citation Formats

Heckendorn, Frank M, Anderson, Erin K, Robinson, Casandra W, and Haynes, Harriet B. Constrained space camera assembly. United States: N. p., 1999. Web.
Heckendorn, Frank M, Anderson, Erin K, Robinson, Casandra W, & Haynes, Harriet B. Constrained space camera assembly. United States.
Heckendorn, Frank M, Anderson, Erin K, Robinson, Casandra W, and Haynes, Harriet B. Fri . "Constrained space camera assembly". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/872285.
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