Erasmus Recording Binocular (ERB) - 11.22.16

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ISS Science for Everyone

Science Objectives for Everyone
The Erasmus Recording Binocular (ERB) is a three-dimensional (3-D) video camera that will be used to take images of the environment onboard the International Space Station (ISS). The images will be used to create an accurate map of the interior of ISS.
Science Results for Everyone
The space station goes virtual. Researchers used the Erasmus Recording Binocular (ERB) to take 3-D images onboard the station and create an accurate map of its interior. This proved the validity of the technology for space; crewmembers found the images useful for assessing constraints of the station environment for payload design and working conditions. While the images have been useful for mapping the station, construction of an accurate 3D model is more ambitious and will benefit from high-resolution images made by the successor to ERB. Positive feedback from astronauts and outreach audiences encouraged development of ERB-2.

The following content was provided by Massimo Sabbatini, and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.
Information provided courtesy of the Erasmus Experiment Archive.
Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)
Massimo Sabbatini, European Space Research and Technology Research Centre, Noordwijk, Netherlands

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European Space Agency, Education Office, Noordwijk, Netherlands

Sponsoring Space Agency
European Space Agency (ESA)

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Research Benefits
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ISS Expedition Duration
September 2006 - April 2007

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Previous Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • A video camera capable of providing 3-D images onboard ISS is a valuable asset to the engineers, scientists and future crewmembers.

  • The images provided by the 3-D camera will be used to create an accurate map of the interior of the ISS in addition to providing new images for virtual reality training for future crewmembers.

The main objectives of the experiment are to test a 3-D video camera (the Erasmus Recording Binocular) in weightlessness on the ISS in its current configuration. The images will be used to accurately map the interior of ISS. To achieve this, images from three cameras shall be used: the ERB 3-D video camera, a Sony PD-1500 2-D video camera, and a Nikon 3-D still camera.

These images will be used to improve the models available on the ground as well as improving the fidelity of the ISS 3-D virtual reality simulator at the Erasmus User Centre of ESA's Directorate of Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration Programmes located at ESA/ESTEC in the Netherlands. Of special interest is filming of subjects and/or objects moving to and from the camera and filming of objects protruding from a surface such as cables on experimental rack.

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Space Applications
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Earth Applications
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Operational Requirements and Protocols
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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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Results Publications

    Sabbatini M, Visentin G, Collon MJ, Ranebo H, Sunderland D, Fortezza R.  Stereo cameras on the International Space Station. Stereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems XIV, San Jose, CA; 2007 February 15 64901P-64901P-6.

    Sabbatini M, Collon MJ, Visentin G.  Stereo images from space. Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XIX, San Jose, CA; 2008 February 14 680315-680315-9.

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Ground Based Results Publications

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ISS Patents

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Related Publications

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Related Websites
The information provided is courtesy of the ESA Astrolab Mission web page.
Astrolab Newsletter

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image Erasmus Recording Binocular- 3-D video camera for use in the ERB experiment during Astrolab. The camera will be used to accurately map the interior of the ISS in its current configuration. These images will be used to improve the models available on the ground. Image courtesy of ESA
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