Astrodesign Inc released the AH-4800 in 2013, the first commercially available camera capable of recording in 8K. Despite this piece of technology coming out over six years ago, its hard to justify a reason for shooting in 8K here on Earth when there are only a hand full of monitors that can actually display 8K footage, but that doesn’t mean the technology can’t be used off-planet.
To make use of this technology, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the broadcaster NHK have announced they will be working together to develop a “Super Hi-Vision Camera” that can record in both 4K and 8K. The camera will be used during the upcoming Martian Moons Exploration (MMX) mission to capture images of Mars and its two moons, Phobos and Deimos, according to Parabolic Arc.
Along with capturing high-quality images of Mars and its moons, the pictures taken with the Super Hi-Vision Camera will be used in conjunction with flight data from the MMX spacecraft to recreate the exploration of the MMX spacecraft around Mars and its moons. The Super Hi-Vision Camera will also be tasked with regularly taking high-quality images of its surroundings before partially transmitting them to Earth to “create a smooth image”. The original images will however be stored in a return capsule that will be sent back to Earth, according to Engadget.
The mission will benefit both the JAXA and the NHK network. This is because the MMX spacecraft will capture detailed images of the surface of Mars along with landing on Phobos to collect surface material, whilst the NHK network will have exclusive access to 8K footage of our neighboring planet that other networks could only dream of having.
Take a look at a breakdown of the MMX spacecraft below:
Image credit: Screenshot/ The Martian Moons Exploration