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Published May 05, 2010, 03:09 PM

UND renames space camera ‘ISSAC’

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The University of North Dakota has renamed its camera on the International Space Station, after a dispute with a rural company.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The University of North Dakota has renamed its camera on the International Space Station, after a dispute with a rural company.

UND says the space camera formerly known as “AgCam” is now called “ISSAC” (EYE’-zuhk). The acronym stands for International Space Station Agricultural Camera.

The university earlier this year said it would drop the “AgCam” name after complaints from Dakota Micro Inc., which had trademarked the name for a portable camera it makes.

The sophisticated camera built at UND was blasted into space aboard the space shuttle Endeavor in November 2008 to send back high-resolution pictures and information about the Earth that could be used by farmers and scientists.

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