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At this moment, dozens of government satellites are taking high-resolution pictures of the planet. But citizens get only limited services such as Google Earth, which provides imagery that’s sometimes 10 years old. This fall, however, the Canada-based company UrtheCast (in partnership with the Russian space agency) will install two cameras on the International Space Station [...]

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UrtheCast Offers Up A Whole New View

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It’s an all-too-familiar complaint – where are the jet packs we were promised? (And yes, we’ve been guilty of it.) In October the Vancouver-based UrtheCast will launch two HD video cameras to be mounted on the International Space Station. The cameras will stream near real-time footage of Earth, available to anyone with an internet connection. If you’re still whining [...]

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Google (GOOG) Earth provides Web users with basic global satellite imagery periodically updated. “It’s always sunny,” says Scott Larson, “and the car is parked out front.” Soon, Larson says, his startup, UrtheCast, will begin broadcasting high-resolution, near-live global images and video from the cameras it’s planning to affix to the International Space Station.

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Urthecast says that two high-resolution cameras, one for video and one for stills, will be launched into space in October on a Russian rocket and bolted to the International Space Station’s hull by the end of the month. Then, a few months later, they’ll be turned on and start streaming content live to the Earth.

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A technology company, based in Vancouver and Calgary, that is working on the world’s first near-live HD video feed of Earth from space, has secured an exclusive partnership with the Science Channel to bring viewers images from the International Space Station as it orbits over 200 miles above Earth. The programming will be developed once UrtheCast’s HD cameras are installed on the ISS and video streaming begins.

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Soon the rest of humanity will get to watch what astronauts see when they look out of the windows of the International Space Station. "There's something that astronauts have that's described as the overview effect," says Wade Larson, co-founder of Urthecast. "They often get very philosophical, and even emotional, when they describe this effect when they step out of the Earth's gravitational pull, and looking back and seeing what the planet looks like. It's a sense of connectedness and you know, the big picture in the sense of ecological fragility."

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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. Urthecastis 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.

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A Vancouver-based company hopes to have two cameras hooked up to the International Space Station sometime this year that will offer Internet users a new twist on the aerial imagery offered by Google and other companies. Unlike the satellite images users are already familiar with, which usually are months if not years out of date, Urthecast (pronounced Earth-cast) is promising to continually update its site with fresh photos and video.

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A Vancouver startup based on the audacious strategy of launching high-definition video cameras into space has captured the attention of one of Canada’s most high-profile CEOs. Anthony Lacavera, chairman and CEO of Wind Mobile, has joined the board of directors of UrtheCast, a company that plans to operate and sell footage from a host of cameras attached to the International Space Station.

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UrtheCast’s Weather Channel Chat

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This past weekend, our own Co-founder & Executive Vice President, Wade Larson, was interviewed by the Weather Channel for an all-UrtheCast segment. Wade gave viewers a breakdown UrtheCast’s mission, and answered a couple of our most frequently asked questions:

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