We’re excited to announce that UrtheCast was just nominated for Small Business BC’s Successful You Awards in the ‘Best Concept’ category. The awards were established to recognize BC’s small businesses and their contributions to the local and global community. UrtheCast will be judged on the viability of its business idea (innovative – check), its product (unique platform – check), the market it serves (a global community – check), and its competitive advantage (never-before-seen technology use – check). For the next 24 hours, until 11:59PM PST, November 30, 2011, our submission page will remain open for community voting, so check out the UrtheCast submission site and feel free to give the big yellow vote button a click. The top 10 finalists will be determined by December 13th, at which point we’ll enter the ring again for round two, which will take place in mid-January. Judges will choose the top five businesses, who will then enter the knock-out round – the big business pitch. The Successful You Awards Ceremony will be held February 28, 2012 in Vancouver, BC, and although we’ve got a great shot, we’ll need your help to get us there.
Information that is geotagged or geolocated means different things to different people. With our vision here at UrtheCast being to aggregate any and all online geotagged media and content, geotagged means any web news, media, or information that has a location attached to it. Technically speaking, if you move a book from one side of the table to the other, that is a new piece of geotagged information. From a more practical standpoint, geotagged media and content refers to Tweets, Facebook check ins, Yelps, blogs and a significant portion of other online news and media. Read more.
The space industry is changing. Less and less a nationalized program, in any given country, and more and more a private business frontier – even the biggest of the government-side giants are looking to finance and ensure that commercial efforts succeeds. The reason: access to space takes money, and the private sector is coming up with it faster than government agencies. Read more.
Only a select group of people have had the opportunity to see planet Earth from the eyes of space. It is hard to believe that just 65 years ago the only aerial images of Earth were from balloon missions taken a mere 13 km from the planet’s surface. Recent technological and aerospace advancements have laid the groundwork for allowing every individual the opportunity of seeing Earth from outside its atmosphere. These milestones include: Read more.
If you had a window to the world, where would you look?
Would you explore the vast oceans and seas of the world from the vantage point high above the Earth? Tour the ancient Great Pyramids of Egypt? Use it for school projects? Or how about watching – with a bird’s eye view – a football game?
Those are just a few feats you’d be able to do with the UrtheCast feed. Here’s seven more ideas for uses, in no particular order. Read more.
The night sky: a canvas so vast and awe-inspiring that ancient sky-gazers connected its stars into murals of characters and chronicles. The expansive and mysterious stomping ground of the gods has provoked wonder in men from the beginning of time. For centuries, the stars have served as a beacon, guiding us when we are lost and hearing our wishes in times of need. They have remained a faithful indicator of our changing seasons and held the secrets our fate. Read more.
The Russian Federal Space Agency had an important achievement this past week – a cargo ship was successfully launched to the International Space Station, clearing the way for the next missions and putting minds at ease about future plans for the ISS. On October 30, the unmanned Progress M-13M took off as scheduled from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Read more.
Our planet is an ever-changing tapestry of landscapes and processes. We evolved on it, so we think we “know” the place from a land-based perspective pretty well. Yet, when you make the hop to space, our home world takes on a whole new look. Just ask people who live and work in space. Astronauts often say they see no boundaries from their perch high above the planet. They see land masses and oceans, and atmosphere. At night, glittering light pollution outlines our cities and towns. Above it all, they see a living, breathing world that is constantly changing. Read more.
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. Read more.
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UrtheCast is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). Read more.