A Pentax 300mm lens was sent into space inside the CubeSat Kitsune
28 March 2022
The Pentax lens was sent to space from Earth. The Pentax lens has been used for more research on the universe and space. The Ricoh Imaging Japan 300mm F4 lens for APS-C cameras has been mounted as a shooting lens in the Kitsune 6U CubeSat spacecraft. Kitsune was about the Antares rocket that was launched last month from Virginia. The rocket docked with the International Space Station successfully (ISS). Kitsune 6U will gather data from ground sensors and take high-resolution images of the Earth’s surface.
Appearance and importance
The Pentax SMCP-DA 300mm f/4 ED, a reasonably affordable telephoto lens for Pentax’s APS-C DSLRs, is the latest photography gear to launch into space. It’s part of the KITSUNE 6U CubeSat, a Japanese nanosatellite created by a team that includes the Kyushu Institute of Technology. The satellite was sent into orbit late last month and is currently awaiting deployment aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Concerning the launch of Pentax
The HAK partnership, which includes Harada Seiki, Addnics Corporation, and the Kyushu Institute of Technology, developed the KITSUNE 6U CubeSat. Last month, it was launched in a Cygnus cargo capsule on a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket. It will be launched from the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) on the International Space Station (ISS) into low-Earth orbit, carrying out its missions.
Weight and appearance
The KITSUNE satellite is a CubeSat. A small, modular spacecraft made mostly of off-the-shelf components. A 1U CubeSat is a 4-inch cube that weighs less than 3 pounds and measures less than 1U. The KITSUNE satellite is a 6U CubeSat with six 1U modules in a 4 x 8 x 12-inch configuration that weighs about 18 pounds. Using this standardized format, CubeSats can now be launched from the International Space Station (ISS).
So, what’s the deal with Pentax?
The important question is that why Pentax? Mass-produced commercial photographic equipment is extremely economical, at least on the scale of multinational corporations and government projects. The astronauts International Space Station (ISS) use Nikon cameras, and there’s even a deep space research telescope made of 168 Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lenses.
- Developing its earth imaging lens would have been prohibitively expensive for the HAK consortium. Alternatively, they may spend $1,100 at a local camera store.
- However, there was more to choosing the Pentax lens than just the price. The 300mm f/4 is supposedly small enough to fit into a 6U CubeSat and is optically appropriate and inexpensive. The lens, according to Ricoh, takes up around half of the space on the satellite.
- Outgassing, which occurs when gas exits a substance once in the vacuum of space, was also not a worry because the lens body was made of metal. Outgassing can cause various issues for optical equipment, and materials like plastics are especially vulnerable.