NASA Spinoff Database: Document Monitor

NASA Center: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Public Release Year: 1988
Reference Number: JPL-SO-59
Category: Environment And Resource Management
Origin: Galileo Jupiter, Hubble Space Telescope

The charters of Freedom Monitoring System will periodically assess the physical condition of the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. Although protected in helium filled glass cases, the documents are subject to damage from light vibration and humidity. The photometer is a CCD detector used as the electronic film for the camera system's scanning camera which mechanically scans the document line by line and acquires a series of images, each representing a one square inch portion of the document. Perkin-Elmer Corporation's photometer is capable of detecting changes in contrast, shape or other indicators of degradation with 5 to 10 times the sensitivity of the human eye. A Vicom image processing computer receives the data from the photometer stores it and manipulates it, allowing comparison of electronic images over time to detect changes.

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Page Number in Published book: 106-107

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