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February 19, 1976
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Approved for Release: 2019/07/30 C06637653 3.3(h)(2) 6.2(d) : ORD-0417-76 .19 February 1976 MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD SUBJECT: Bird Camera/NPIC Support 1. This memo covers the period between 5 February 1976 �and 19 February 1976 regarding the progress for developing and testing a bird camera. Memos dated 16 December 1976, 5 January 1976, and 5 February 1976 describe earlier progress. 2. A dummy configuration of the latest camera and timer has been sent to for testing compatibility with the bird and harness. 3. Camera #1, modified for image motion compensation, was received and tested against moving targets (resolution chart on a car) at distances of 50 and 100 feet and velocities from zero to 50 mph. The results of this test showed proper motion compensation. The negative aspects �of the test were: a. A small hairline crack in the camera case. caused occasional fogging (about 10 percent of pictures). b. In 1 or 2 percent of the pictures, the shutter stuck open causing over-exposure. � c. The center of the field of view was slightly defocused, whereas the edges (which are clamped) showed good focus. The. camera has been 'sent back to for correcting these' problems. At this time the, solutions to these problems. appear to be straightforward. 4. . There still Appear to' be.problems in developing 3414.film_per Kodak's instructions, especially with regard to pulling the developer to compensate for varied lighting con- ditions. .Also, the supply-of film in. 16mm formatis exhausted, andI feel that the film slicer is too risky, an operation when F?IMFDT.. B Approved for Release: 2019/07/30 C06637653 Approved for Release: 2019/07/30 C06637653 � SUBJECT: Bird Camera/NPIC Support used by people unfamili r with thP Prinipment. On 9 �February 1976 a meeting was held with of NPIC to discuss assist- ance in dealing with the above problems and also in obtaining good quality enlargments of selected negatives. The advice of NPIC at that time was for us to request assistance from OTS. 1-4"Ivc,ara-r- ^- February 1976, a second meeting was held with of NPIC who suggested that �NPIC could, and would, assist in a variety of areas. The following assistance and recommendations were offered: a. NPIC will develop all film and make proper adjustments for varied lighting conditions. � b. advised that we also, conduct. tests with 5069 film to. permit. good resolution under, lower light levels and still use the fast shutter speed to minimize motion blurring. c. NPIC will task Kodak to provide' 16mm format . film ,so that unnecessar handling and .can be eliminated. estimated that he may. -.have-some 16mm film e ivere in about .a week. NPIC will' provide good- quality enlargments of selected negatives. .e. NPIC will provide technical assistance in determining resolution capability and does..not n.ecessarily.requirela resolution chart in the, field of view. .5. At this time, I feel that all problems are fairly well in hand.. A refitted camera is scheduled for delivery. next week and tests:will'be conducted during .the first week in March. Hopefully; NPIC Will develop this film and provide. Approved for Release: 2019/07/30 C06637653 Approved for Release: 2019/07/30 C06637653 SUBJECT: Bird Camera/NPIC Support advice on handling in the field and fi on for sub- Sequent tests. The new F2.5 lens from is on schedule for delivery in early March. IfTexpected that d test will be cndncte in March at facility near Some film will be developed there so that&nvfn Iii�era problems can be dealt with directly. by I would estimate at this time that a secon light test will be in order for early April which will also test the new F2.5 lens system. Charles N. Adkins Operations Technology, ORD Distribution: 0 - C/OTD file 1 - OTD/ORD chrono 1 - ORD Registry OTD/ORD/DD/SU/CNAdkin :amb(2-763) Approved for Release: 2019/07/30 C06637653