Canadian-based company plans live stream of Earth, from space

December 2, 2013 9:21 PM

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A Soyuz rocket carrying two cameras belonging to a Canadian-based company successfully arrived at the International Space Station [ISS] on Monday capping off another milestone in Urthecast Corp’s plan to install a near-live, continuous HD video stream of Earth, from space.

“For the second time in a week, UrtheCast has reached a highly significant milestone,” said co-founder and CEO Scott Larsen. “Our team of engineers couldn't be more satisfied with how our international team and close partners have come together to make the camera launch, flight, and docking a success.”

The technology company, based in Vancouver, B.C., built, launched and is near operation of two cameras on the ISS with help from leading space organizations like the Russian Space Agency. The cameras will be installed on the Russian segment of the ISS, the company said.

“UrtheCast's cameras will provide high-resolution video and imagery of Earth that will allow for monitoring of the environment, humanitarian relief, social events, agricultural land, etc,” the company’s website said. UrtheCast Corp. will also offer the ability to follow current events in real-time a subscription service to monitor your favorite places.

A comprehensive insurance policy from a leading space insurance provider was taken out “for the launch, installation, commissioning, and business interruption of its two cameras aboard the ISS,” a statement said. The policy is worth $35 million dollars and covers the total loss of the devices.

“Following the camera launch and installation, UrtheCast will begin streaming Earth imagery to its data partners and the interactive UrtheCast web platform, which is being developed in San Francisco.”

The Soyuz rocket containing the 1-metre length launched from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome last Monday.

UrtheCast is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under ‘UR’ and shares rose 9.65% on Monday’s news.


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