UrtheCast (pronounced “Earth Cast”) is a Canadian company located in Calgary. They've recently announced plans to broadcast live the world’s first HD streaming video of earth as seen from the International Space Station (ISS).
UrtheCast have made arrangements with the Russian space agency Roscosmos to mount two cameras on the exterior of the ISS later this year. One camera will operate in high definition at 3.25 frames per second and the other is a medium definition camera that will take three-colour still images.
Described as a mix of Google Earth and YouTube, the internet-based system will allow viewers to zoom in, rewind, fast forward etc. Since the ISS orbits the earth 16 times a day, the visuals will be constantly updated and shown in near real time.
It’s expected that the project will go live in mid-2012.
Article first published July 19, 2011.