1 September 1975 The Fairchild KS-120A Panoramic Reconnaissance Camera System
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Prior to the 60's, most reconnaissance information was obtained mainly by frame photography which limited the area viewed by frame size and angle of view. Important information was sometimes missed if it lay outside the coverage of the available system. Sensing the problem, Fairchild set about enlarging this field of view to the extreme. Lateral coverage from horizon to horizon along the flight path was set up as a goal. This goal was met in 1964 with the KA-60(A) Camera system, the first in a family of 3-inch moving 70mm film prismatic panoramic cameras. There followed the KA-60B, KA-60C, KA-89, KA-60C-2, KS-120 A and the KA-97. These systems generally are provided with automatic exposure control, image motion compensation to enhance the photographic image and operate at speeds from pulse to 12 frames per second. The images are produced on standard or thin base 70mm film with a frame length of approximately 11 inches. The KS-120 A Camera system, the most sophisticated of the family, is now operational with the Air Force.
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Edward J. Kuebert, Edward J. Kuebert, } "The Fairchild KS-120A Panoramic Reconnaissance Camera System", Proc. SPIE 0058, Effective Utilization and Application of Small Format Camera Systems, (1 September 1975); doi: 10.1117/12.954324; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.954324


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