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NASA seeks technology partners to beam next Moon mission to viewers

Space agency is looking for broadcasters, studios and collaborations for creative proposals to help tell the story of exploring the Moon.

NASA has published an Announcement for Proposals calling for submissions of potential partnerships to help bring pictures of its planned Artemis II mission to viewers on Earth.

The mission is currently slated for 2023, and NASA wants to use innovative technologies or hardware, such as cameras or other equipment that could augment its own pictures.

It suggests technology that could be used as part of Artemis II includes 360-degree field-of-view camera systems, virtual reality, advanced imagery compression to improve image quality over limited bandwidth communication links; 4K and Ultra HD camera systems, robotic “third-person” views, crew handheld camera systems, image stabilisation, small portable cameras, or “other concepts that provide more engaging imagery or deliver a custom viewer experience.”

NASA said it welcomes responses from broadcasters, studios, and collaborations between multiple entities for creative proposals to help acquire or use NASA’s live or recorded imagery to help tell the story of exploring the Moon.

“We’re looking for partners to use advanced technologies, imagery applications and approaches that will go beyond our standard coverage on NASA TV,” said NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. “We want to capture the awe of Apollo for a new generation – the Artemis Generation. Just as people were glued to the TV 50 years ago as astronauts took the first steps on the Moon, we want to bring people along in this new era of exploration.”

NASA’s Artemis I mission is planned as an uncrewed flight test that will launch its Orion spacecraft to orbit the Moon and return to Earth. On Artemis II, Orion would carry astronauts around the Moon and back, and Artemis III is intended to land the first woman and next man on the lunar surface.More details about NASA’s Announcement for Proposals can be find here. Submissions must be made by by 11:59 pm EST, on 11th December, 2020.