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A Calgary company is building two new high-definition cameras that can stream images from the International Space Station and the company is called Urthecast, will make one high resolution and one medium resolution camera ready to operate next year. The project’s aim is to create an internet-based video streaming platform and allowing for online viewing of the footage being recorded in space. The system will actually consists of a pair of cameras, one still and one video, that will be mounted on the Russian arm of the station and this feeds won’t be your typical boring NASA……..

 

UrtheCast is building, launching and operating the world’s first and only high definition streaming video cameras being installed on the International Space Station (ISS). UrtheCast will supply video data and imagery of Earth collected by two HD cameras on the Russian module of the Space Station. This data and imagery will be down-linked to ground stations around the planet and then displayed in real time on the Internet and distributed directly to UrtheCast‘s exclusive partners and customers. The UrtheCast web platform will allow users to constantly track the location of the Space Station, anticipating when it will pass over a particular geographic location. Users will be able to search for videos of a particular location, type, or theme and will have the ability to interact with the HD video feed from the UrtheCast servers. They will be able to zoom in and out, virtually steer the camera from side to side, rewind and fast forward as they check out areas and things of interest on Earth. UK based Rutherford Appleton Labs is building two high definition cameras. A medium resolution camera will provide a three colour image with a swath of 45 kilometers and a resolution of 5.5 meters. The high-resolution camera will offer a video image with a frame rate of 3.25 frames per second with a resolution that is comparable to much of Google Earth. This will allow users to see man-made objects and groups of people.

 

As a result of all this unique functionality, the UrtheCast web platform will spark a great deal of awareness, creativity, and unique user events from around the world. The UrtheCast website will feel like a blend of Google Earth with the video playback and search functionality of YouTube. The UrtheCast web platform will combine a consumer centric website, mobile application for smart phones, and an open Application Program Interface (API). The API enables third party developers to create their own applications and upload them to the UrtheCast web platform. “Users will be able to view Earth from space. It will operate seamlessly with social media sites like Facebook and Twitter,” explains Scott Larson, President of UrtheCast. ISS is a low orbit, human-inhabited satellite. The station travels at 26,000 km/h, orbiting Earth sixteen times per day, at an altitude of approximately 350 km. The ISS is a collaborative project between the Russian, Canadian European, Japanese and US space agencies. UrtheCast has signed an exclusive agreement with RSC Energia, who maintains operational control of the Russian segment on the ISS. RSC Energia will take UrtheCast‘s cameras, install them on the outside of the ISS and provide the necessary maintenance and transfer of the data. The cameras are being built by UK based Rutherford Appleton Laboratories (RAL), who is a world leader in building cameras for aerospace and satellite purposes.

 

“Being part of a project that not only taps into the recent renewed interest in space, but also provides a connection between people and the rest of the world is what is most intriguing about this project,” Richard Holdaway Director, RAL Space. UrtheCast will officially launch this project in Calgary on June 28th at 12:00pm. Dr. Dave Williams, one of NASA’s most accomplished astronauts, will be speaking at the launch at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. “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,” says Dr.Williams. Dr. Williams blasted into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia and again on Shuttle Endeavour where he walked out into the great beyond. He has set records in space walking and has logged more than 687 hours in space. He will be speaking about space flight, space exploration, space science and technology, environmental stewardship and educational awareness as it relates to seeing the Earth from Space. “This unprecedented UrtheCast initiative is helping position Canada as a leading space-faring nation and driving science and innovation while actively inspiring young people across our country to take their place as members of Canada’s next space generation,” stated Dr. Williams.

 

 

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  • David B.

    Could you please clarify the facts?

    Here are some short quotes from your article:

    Quote: “stream images from the International Space Station”

    Ok streaming can be either live or pre-recorded, which is it?

    Quote: “online viewing of the footage being recorded in space”

    Ok here you say the images are being “recorded” in space

    indicating to me that it is not live but pre-recorded

    Quote: “UrtheCast will supply video data and imagery of Earth collected by two HD cameras”

    Here you say supply data that has been “collected” by the cameras, as in pre- recorded.

    Quote: “rewind and fast forward as they check out areas”

    Here you say “rewind and fast forward” as in viewing pre-recorded material.

    Quote: “video playback and search functionality”

    Again “playback and search” as in viewing pre-recorded material.

    Quote: “interact with the HD video feed from the UrtheCast servers”
    Interact with video from “servers”.
    Video is not on a server unless it has been pre-recorded and then stored on the server.

    And the point is,,,,
    NASA and the US government will not allow a raw live real time unfiltered
    video feed from outside of any space vehicle.

    Everything you see up there is a delayed video feed as it goes through
    mission control and is screened by the NSA and other cloaked organizations before being released to the public.

    The only live shots you ever see are inside the space station
    where you can not see much out of any windows.

    There is simply far too much unexplainable stuff to be seen up there.NASA  just looks foolish every time they have to explain away another space trash with blinking lights and self propulsion.

  • anonymous

    ASIANS CAN ACTUALLY READ MINDS!!!!!!!!!
    they can hear and see what your visually thinking

    the reason alot of asians have completely expressionless faces, only associate with asians and dont associate with non asians very much is to avoid accidentally revealing that they can read read minds, if all over a billion asians were to show facial expressions all the time just as much as non asians, associate with non asians much more, and be much more friendly and talkative, then alot of them might accidentally reveal that they can read minds by accidentally showing a facial expression or dirty look when someone thinks, or visually pictures something in their mind they dont like or find astonishing or funny, and if they were all to associate with non asians alot more there would be alot more people around for them to accidentally show facial expressions when those other people think things they dont like, so they only associate with asians so there wont be anyone around for them to see that and have any accidents happen in the first place

    think about it, its not normal how alot of them act, and the entire way they act is all to hide their mind reading abilities, it makes perfect sense to do all of that to hide that they can read minds, because all of that is the perfect way to do it!
    every single asian on the planet is hiding their mind reading abilities, they value hiding their mind reading abilities more then their own lives!
    thats why nobody knows about it!

    try thinking, best yet visually picturing in your mind something something absolutely crazy as you possibly can when you are around asians, and try looking for asians who give people particular looks, especially dirty looks for what appears to be for completely no reason, that is them giving people looks when they hear and visually see someone thinking something they dont like, find funny or astonishing
    it still happens despite a large number of them having completely expressionless faces all the time, it would just happen alot more if none of them had completely expressionless faces all the time, its not uncommon!

    i know this sounds crazy, impossible, and completely unbelievable, BUT IT ISNT CRAZY WHEN ITS TRUE

    you have to spread the message!!!
    the world has to know about this!!!!


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