Nikon Corporation has disclosed that Russian cosmonauts will use Nikon gear in the International Space Station. The Nikon gear will fly to the ISS tomorrow, June 16.
Orders have been received by the Japanese company for one Nikon D3S and two Nikon D3X digital-SLR cameras, four interchangeable lenses including AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR, software and various accessories.
The orders were placed by S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, the general contractor of the Russian Federal Space Agency on the program operating the International Space Station(ISS). The equipment will be transported to the ISS via the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft, to be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on June 16, 2010.
Nikon reveals that no special improvements or modifications have been made to these products. They will be the same products available to consumers, confirming the incredible reliability of the D3S, D3X and NIKKOR lenses, according to the company.
[Via: Nikon Global]