Gyrostabilized Ship-Based KTM
MARS owns the only commercially available gyrostabilized Kineto Tracking Mount (KTM) for ship-based telescopic surveillance of aerospace vehicles. The telescope dome, mounting system, and control room can be mounted on any customer's seafaring vessel. In early 2012, MARS-SEA was installed on NASA's space shuttle solid rocket booster recovery ship, the Freedom Star. The ship-based spacecraft tracking and imaging system was successfully tested at sea in March, 2012.
In April 2012, NASA deployed MARS-SEA in support of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) flight to the International Space Station (ISS). The ship-based deployment was designed to capture images of booster ascent, confirm the main engine cut-off sequence of nine Merlin engines, document the fairing separation, and confirm the on-orbit solar panel deployment of the Dragon spacecraft.
"MARS-SEA" can be adapted to operate on any sea vessel anywhere in the world.