UrtheCast Presented at the UN’s Meeting on ISS Humanitarian Benefits
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
In early 2013, UrtheCast will install two cameras on the underside of the International Space Station (ISS), to stream near-‐live video footage of planet Earth. This will allow users, government agencies, media outlets, humanitarian organizations and environmental monitoring services to view video of Earth from an unprecedented vantage point.
This week at the United Nations (UN) expert meeting, ISS partners, UN officials, and global experts will meet to discuss the remarkable opportunities that the ISS has to benefit humankind – focusing specifically on the fields of education, Earth observation, health, and disaster response.
The UN office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) will facilitate the expert meeting in Vienna on June 11th and 12th.
Among other ISS partners, a representative from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will present on behalf of UrtheCast, highlighting the benefits of live video footage of Earth from space. This presentation will feature UrtheCast’s unparalleled educational experience, as well as its ability to monitor humanitarian relief efforts, environmental change, and social movements.
“We are excited to be a part of an industry that’s utilizing space technology to impact our environment, society, and humanitarian relief efforts,” says Scott Larson, President of UrtheCast.
The expected outcome of the meeting is to identify what ISS activities coincide with the UN mission to benefit humanity.
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) launched the Human Space Technology Initiative (HSTI) in 2010 under the framework of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications – a response to the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) held in 1999. HSTI aims to promote international cooperation in human spaceflight and space exploration-‐related activities, and create awareness among Member States on the benefits of human space technology and its applications.
UrtheCast (pronounced “EarthCast”) is a company created around a singular vision: to provide the world’s first live HD video feed of Earth from space. Working with an international team, UrtheCast is building, launching, installing, and operating two cameras on the International Space Station. Video data collected by the cameras will be downlinked to ground stations around the planet and displayed in near-‐realtime on the UrtheCast web platform, or distributed directly to exclusive partners and customers.