Canadians to Stream HD Video of Earth from Space by late 2012

Posted by Rob Lewis

Yesterday space technology company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. signed a $4.2 Million contract with Vancouver's UrtheCast to install high-definition cameras on the International Space Station in late 2012.

The cameras will stream pictures and constant, near-live video to Earth for potential uses in education, environmental information, disaster monitoring and consumer-generated media.

As Scott Larson, President of UrtheCast, explains in yesterday's release: "We are thrilled to have MDA as part of this project and to be able to add them to a team that already includes RSC Energia, Rutherford Appleton Labs in the UK, and the Russian Federal Space Agency. A project like this is obviously quite involved and complex, and MDA is the right partner. We look forward to working closely with them on a variety of fronts over the duration of this project."

UrtheCast operates under a singular vision: to provide a high-resolution video data platform for internet users, app developers, educators, media outlets, government bodies, humanitarian relief organizations, and environmental monitoring services.

The two cameras — one medium and one high-resolution — will be installed by astronauts on the ISS. Once mounted, the cameras will stream near-live video and static imagery to Earth, and will provide extraordinary opportunities to view Earth in high-definition.

Techvibes sat down with UrtheCast's Larson last summer at the GROW Conference and learned more about his vision for UrtheCast.

Company:
MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA)
Website:
http://www.mda.ca
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

MDA provides advanced information solutions that capture and process vast amounts of data, produce essential information, and improve the decision making and operational performance of business and government organizations worldwide. Focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, MDA delivers a broad spectrum of earth and space based information solutions, ranging from complex operational... more

Company:
UrtheCast
Website:
http://www.urthecast.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

UrtheCast was created around a unique vision: to provide the world’s first ever, near real-time HD video feed of Earth from space. Working in an exclusive relationship with the Russian Aerospace giant RSC Energia, UrtheCast has built, launched, installed, and will soon be operating two cameras on the Russian module of the International Space Station. Starting in 2014, video of the Earth collected by our cameras... more


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Rob Lewis

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more




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