|Quoting Blackbird1331 (Thread starter):|
I saw a commercial where a company claims NASA uses its batteries to operate their camers because the batteries are so reliable. My mediocre camera has rechargeable batteries. NASA does not? What type of cameras are they using? You would think with all of that renewable energy at their disposal that they would use rechargeable batteries. Anyone have an answer?
If memory serves, it was the IMAX* camera in the cargo bay (scheduled for one more flight... the last Hubble repair mission.) They could have provided the IMAX system with electricity from the Orbiter (to recharge the batteries), but that would have driven up cost and complexity. So it needed a long-life battery to last through the various missions.
*I think the Duracell commercial explicity shows the IMAX logo.