VANCOUVER, Nov. 4, 2011 /CNW/ - UrtheCast is pleased to announce that it
has signed an agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency
(Roscosmos). Under the terms of this agreement, the Russian Federal
Space Agency has committed to providing the prelaunch preparation,
space launch and delivery, installation, and maintenance of two
UrtheCast cameras on the Russian module of the International Space
Station (ISS). This agreement is a continuation of the exclusive
agreement signed with RSC Energia, who currently acts as the prime
contractor on ISS related projects.
The Russian Federal Space Agency, UrtheCast, UK Rutherford Appleton Labs
and RSC Energia are all committed to taking advantage of this unique
opportunity to fundamentally impact education, environmental awareness,
and social interaction. The cameras will be transported by the Russian
Federal Space agency to the International Space Station in 2012.
UrtheCast is building, launching, and will operate the world's first
high-definition streaming video platform of planet Earth. The video
feed (3-5 frames per second totalling 2.5 terabytes of single meter
resolution imagery daily) will be gathered by the cameras onboard the
ISS, downlinked via the Russian communications antennas, received on
Earth at ground stations, and then transmitted to the UrtheCast
operations center where the video will be processed and made Internet
UrtheCast.com will combine a consumer centric website, mobile
application for smartphones, and an open Application Program Interface
(API). Users can "favourite" video feeds, see the current activity of
their friends on the platform, integrate with their Facebook account,
and more. Geo-tagged media from all over the web will be aggregated and
included in the UrtheCast media database.
UrtheCast chief executive Scott Larson says "The goal of UrtheCast is to
bring together geo-tagged educational, environmental, geographical, and
social components in a real-time environment. You'll be able to track
forest fires, icebergs, animal migration, and oil spills in the ocean.
These things will all tie in to social movements like Earth Day, the
struggle for freedom in various parts of the World, and to the beauty
of landscapes, culture, history, politics and music. People want to see
what Earth looks like from space. When you talk to an astronaut or
cosmonaut who has been to space they come back with a totally different
appreciation for our planet. We are convinced that having a live feed
of Earth, from the ISS, will help us all develop a greater appreciation
of this planet and of each other."
Video with caption: "Video: UrtheCast: A Brief Overview". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPrN_Z1J52A
For further information: