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Government Video Website of the Week: UrtheCast

Set to provide the world’s first, live HD Video feed of Earth from space

UrtheCast (pronounced “EarthCast”) is set to provide the world’s first, live HD Video feed of Earth from space.

Working with the Russian aerospace company RSC Energia, UrtheCast is building, launching, installing and operating two cameras on the Russian module of the International Space Station (ISS). Starting in mid-2012, video data of the Earth collected by those cameras will be down-linked to ground stations around the planet and then displayed in near real time on the UrtheCast web platform, or distributed directly to its partners and customers.

The UrtheCast web platform will allow users to constantly track the location of the ISS, anticipating when it will pass over a particular geographic location of interest. The imagery collected by the two UrtheCast cameras, one medium resolution and one high resolution, will be compressed, down linked to various ground-based reception stations around the globe, and then transmitted to our operations center. Once there, the data stream will be uncompressed, streamed to servers around the planet, and then uploaded to the UrtheCast web platform where it can be viewed, downloaded and manipulated by users around the world.

For working to provide the only near real time, high definition video from space, UrtheCastis Government Video’s Website of the Week.

Click here to access the website.