posted on Jan, 14 2013 @ 07:28 PM
A Canadian company plans to one-up Google Earth by streaming video footage straight from the International Space Station to the web with a top time
delay of just a few hours.
Urthecast is due to begin beaming the view from the ISS by autumn 2013 — the equipment will be finished by the summer, then shipped to Russia and
sent to the space station via two Soyuz rockets. Once there, the Russian space agency will install it beneath the ISS and downlink the data to Earth,
where it will be published.
Company CEO Scott Larson says its two cameras (one for stills and one for video) are so powerful, they will be able to pick up anything that’s
around five meters in size — “rooftops, fields, rivers, roads, forests, agricultural, farms, things like that,” he said. Ninety-second-long
clips will also be carried out for close-ups of anything measuring about a metre, such as vehicles and groups of people. It does, however, stop short
of imaging individual people, avoiding any potential backlash experienced by the likes of Google Street View. Once up and running, users will be able
to use the free service to search for specific videos and save them.
While adding video makes this a great competitor for Google Earth, it’s the relatively brief time delay for the streamed footage that is most
impressive and stands to blow its predecessor out of the water (if it works).
Well, there is a small part of me that thinks the delay may lead to all kinds of censorship, but hey, that's just me. It will be a pretty wild thing
to see "almost" live pictures and video. My guess is that this will lead to an increased upload on ATS!
I saw a UFO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
edit on 14-1-2013 by CaptainBeno because: (no reason given)