Long-range imaging: LAND, SEA & AIR-based cameras
Mobile Aerospace Reconnaissance Systems (MARS) is the nation's civilian leader in high-resolution, long range mobile tracking and imaging. MARS has provided NASA, the Department of Defense, and the commercial space sectors with exceptional visible wavelength, infrared, and spectral imaging services for almost two decades. MARS offers affordable imaging and superior technology using multiple ground-based Kineto Tracking Mounts (KTMs) with automatic tracking, and the only commercially available gyrostabilized KTM for surveillance of aerospace vehicles from any ship in the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean.
Larger, custom optics provide more pixels on target and better Point Spread Functions (PSFs) than most government-operated tracking telescopes. Primary areas of expertise include rocket plume spectroscopy, multispectral reentry signature documentation, on-orbit spacecraft imaging, and hypersonic boundary layer transition imaging. Ground-based and helicopter-based 3-D parachute imaging is also a specialty.
MARS Scientific captured the first historic flight of Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft on September 18, 2013. NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia. Copyright © 2013 MARS Scientific, All Rights Reserved.
MARS Scientific captured the second powered flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo over the Mojave Desert, Sept. 5, 2013. Distance: 24km, Speed: Mach 1.4. Copyright © 2013 MARS Scientific, All Rights Reserved.
MARS Scientific has produced exceptional in-flight imagery for Virgin Galactic since 2004.
MARS Ground-Based Image: NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-134. Distance: 53 km, Speed: Mach 6.2 (7,500 miles/hour). Space Shuttle was in complete darkness, MARS image is in the infrared. Note the assymetrical boundary layer transition, and the shuttle tiles visible on wing leading edges.