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article imageInternational Space Station to stream HD broadcast of Earth

By Andrew Moran     Jun 24, 2011 in Technology
Calgary - UrtheCast, a Calgary-based company, is set to operate and launch the world's very first live streaming high definition broadcast of Earth. Two HD cameras will be installed aboard the International Space Station.
What would it be like to see one part of the Earth going to sleep? What would it be like to see a devastating natural disaster strike a certain region of our planet? Well, now you will be able to view this, and many other things, live in high definition.
UrtheCast – pronounced Earth Cast – announced Thursday that it is constructing, operating and launching the world’s first HD streaming video cameras aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This measure has been described as a mixture of Google Earth and YouTube.
Two cameras, one in high resolution with a frame rate of 3.25 frames per second and one in medium resolution that will broadcast a three-colour image, will be installed aboard the Russian module of the ISS. The equipment will feature the regular functions that a camera has to offer; rewind, zoom in, steering, etc.
The data recorded will then be displayed in real time on the Internet and will be broadcast on UrtheCast’s distributors and partners. Users will have the option of tracking the Earth, viewing a specific time and location and interact with the video feed.
There hasn’t been a statement regarding the cost of the project or how much it will charge users.
“Users will be able to view Earth from space. It will operate seamlessly with social media sites like Facebook and Twitter,” said President of UrtheCast.
The project’s official launch will occur Tuesday at noon at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Former NASA astronaut, Dr. Dave Williams, will speak at the commencement.
“The UrtheCast camera will support the ISS and continue to inspire youth to pursue advanced studies in space sciences and spark interest in science, technology, engineering and the environment,” said Williams.
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