Urthe in HD: Vancouver’s Planetarium Gets Up-Close with UrtheCast
Friday, April 20th, 2012
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This Saturday April 21, Vancouver’s H.R. MacMillan Space Centre will play host to ‘Earth in HD’ — an evening with UrtheCast President Scott Larson, who will present UrtheCast’s plan to offer the first high-definition (HD) video of Earth from the International Space Station (ISS).
Imagine having the opportunity to view a tropical storm in near-realtime, or being able to witness crowds of people celebrating their country’s Olympic victory from across the globe.
Come late 2012, UrtheCast plans to make all this possible, and more.
Beginning at 8:00 PM, ‘Earth in HD’ attendees will discover details about UrtheCast’s aim to change the way we view the globe — from UrtheCast’s integration with educational programs, to working with organizations that monitor environmental and humanitarian relief efforts.
“We’re always happy to speak locally about our involvement in education, the environment, and social media,” says UrtheCast President Scott Larson. “Normally these events take place away from our headquarters, so we welcome opportunities to get the Vancouver community involved as much as possible.”
Scheduled for launch in late 2012, UrtheCast will allow users to track the ISS and coordinate large-scale events around the path of the Space Station orbit. Much like a PVR, users will be able to interact with the HD video feed in realtime as they check out areas of interest on Earth.
The UrtheCast cameras are scheduled for launch in late 2012, aboard the Russian Soyuz Mission. The beta version of UrtheCast’s interactive platform will be made available this summer, 2012. To become a beta subscriber, please visit urthecast.com.
Admission to ‘Earth in HD’ will be available by donation. The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is located at 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver BC.
About The Space Centre
About H.R MacMillan Space Centre
The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is a non-profit community resource. Through innovative programming, exhibits, and activities, our goal is to educate, inspire and evoke a sense of wonder about the Universe, our planet and space exploration.
UrtheCast (pronounced “EarthCast”) is a company created around a unique vision: to provide the world’s first live HD video feed of Earth from space. Working with world-class partners — and in an exclusive relationship with renown Russian Aerospace giant RSC Energia — UrtheCast is building, launching, installing, and operating two cameras on the Russian module of the International Space Station. Video data of Earth collected by the cameras will be downlinked to ground stations around the planet and then displayed in near-realtime on the UrtheCast web platform, or distributed directly to exclusive partners and customers.