Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) Status 25 November 2013

Dennis Wingo: Status, end of day November 25, 2013

Back at it today!

I moved over the past few days and I was on travel last week so did not get any tapes done last week.

Today I started back again and have completed M5-115. This leaves us 43 tapes + the three tapes that were baked to go to finish LOV image captures.

Tomorrow I will catch everyone up on the image count but suffice to say that we are still making progress.

Control track head update.

We found a control track head that looks fairly good and it is on the machine and working well right now. We have no idea how long it is going to hold out but what we will do is run it as long as we can while working on a backup plan to convert and Ampex Mark 15 head to one that we can use. It will require some machine shop work and a bit of design but if that works, we will get through our the rest of our captures.

A rough estimate is that we have about 330 tapes from LO-IV, and 290 tapes from LO-I to go. However, the LO-I tapes we will only be capturing medium resolution frames which are only 10 minutes per tape, thus it will be a lot faster. There are 11 high resolution frames that are good on LO-I and we will get those but the failure of the V/H sensor (image motion compensation) led to the loss of almost all high res images.

Onward Sancho!

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