Urthe In HD: Up-Close at the Planetarium
This Saturday April 21, Vancouver’s H.R. MacMillan Space Centre played host to ‘Earth in HD’ — an evening with UrtheCast President Scott Larson, who presented UrtheCast’s plan to offer the first high-definition (HD) video of Earth from the International Space Station (ISS).
Imagine viewing a tropical storm in near-realtime, or witnessing crowds of people celebrate an Olympic victory from across the globe. Come late 2012, UrtheCast plans to make all this possible, and more.
On Saturday night, ‘Earth in HD’ attendees were made privy to 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.”
As a non-profit community resource, the Space Centre is committed to providing innovative programming, exhibits, and activities. Their goal? “To educate, inspire and evoke a sense of wonder about the Universe, our planet and space exploration.”
Scheduled for launch in late 2012, UrtheCast will allow you to track the ISS and coordinate large-scale events around the path of the Space Station orbit. Much like a PVR, you’ll be able to interact with the HD video feed in realtime as you check out areas of interest on Earth. To sign up for a chance to be a beta tester, see our homepage urthecast.com.