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SpaceAholic
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posted 11-24-2013 05:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Launching Monday (Nov. 25) to the International Space Station, two HD cameras that should offer yet another internet distraction to those of us at work with to much time on our hands.
When the UrtheCast platform goes live, you'll be able to view the Earth in all its beauty, in a whole new way. UrtheCast's cameras will begin to stream videos and imagery from the ISS while the platform showcases parts of the globe and helps you tour around your favorite locales.

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posted 11-25-2013 09:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There goes some time in my day...

Looking forward to this going online!

Gonzo
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posted 12-03-2013 08:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone heard any updates on this?

I know the cameras were just taken up to the ISS. But beyond that, I've not heard anything. I have requested an invite from them too.

Robert Pearlman
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UrtheCast plans to begin offering the first sample images drawn from its 5-meter-resolution still camera for public viewing next spring, according to Space News.

Later in 2014, the company plans to offer free Internet streaming of that imagery, providing the public with a continuous view of Earth from the space station.

After a four-day journey to the space station... the video camera in addition to a still camera and associated hardware will be installed on a movable platform attached to the exterior of the Russian Zvezda service module. "From there, the cameras will go through an on-board commissioning process, which will take a few months," said Scott Larson, chief executive of UrtheCast of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Robert Pearlman
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UrtheCast release
UrtheCast Camera Installation Update

UrtheCast Corp. announces that on Dec. 27, 2013, its two Earth observation cameras were installed as planned on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS). However, Mission Controllers were unable to confirm that the cameras were receiving power from the ISS. As a safety precaution, the cameras were removed and re-stowed inside the ISS pending resolution of the problem. UrtheCast expects to provide further information and the date of the rescheduled space walk by mid-January or sooner as information becomes available. At this time, the Company expects that there will be little or no material impact on its business plan for 2014.

The installation of the cameras proceeded according to plan and without incident. During a spacewalk, Russian cosmonauts were able to transport the cameras to their mounting position and install them quickly and efficiently. However, soon after installation, the Mission Control Centre (MCC) outside of Moscow was unable to receive any data from either camera (contrary to what was reported during the live transmission of the spacewalk). Without this data, engineers in the MCC were not able to confirm that the cameras were receiving the power necessary to allow them to survive the temperature fluctuations of the space environment. As a consequence, senior technical personnel from UrtheCast and RSC Energia (UrtheCast's Russian partner) jointly decided that the safest and most prudent course of action was to uninstall the cameras and bring them back inside the ISS to be reinstalled at a later date, once the data transmission problem has been solved.

UrtheCast's Chief Technology Officer, Dr. George Tyc, was present at the MCC throughout the operation, along with the Company's Chief Engineer for Space Systems, Mr. Greg Giffin. Said Dr. Tyc, "The fact the neither camera could communicate with the MCC strongly suggests that the problem lies inside the ISS and it is not a problem with the cameras or external cables. This kind of issue has been encountered before on the ISS and can be fixed in the near-term. Bringing the cameras back inside to be installed another day was simply the right engineering decision."

RSC Energia has formed a Commission to quickly analyze and fix the problem and it has already held its first meeting. This is standard procedure at RSC Energia, which has a long and very successful history with manned space systems — it has established a rigorous process to deal quickly and efficiently with anomalies of this type when they occur. The Commission will work in close cooperation with UrtheCast's engineering team. Once the Commission completes its assessment and has determined the timeline for the fixes required, a second spacewalk will be scheduled to reinstall the cameras.

"Delays like this happen in space. That's the nature of the business," explained Scott Larson, UrtheCast's Chief Executive Officer. "The critical thing is to proceed carefully and deliberately, without taking undue risk. Fortunately, our project is on a manned platform, which gives us the ability to respond to incidents of this kind as they arise. The right decision was made to ensure the long-term success of this joint project. We are grateful for the extraordinary professionalism and dedication of UrtheCast's and RSC Energia's technical personnel."

UrtheCast will provide an update with further progress regarding the cameras' rescheduled installation as information becomes available, which will be confirmed by the results of the Commission. In the meantime, UrtheCast is focusing its efforts on the commissioning and testing of the other parts of the system and will continue its business development efforts.

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UrtheCast release
UrtheCast Cameras Rescheduled For Installation

UrtheCast Corp. is very pleased to announce that its two Earth imaging cameras have now been cleared for installation aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The issue that delayed the initial installation of the cameras has now been resolved, allowing for the scheduling of the next spacewalk, which is expected by the end of January.

As initially suspected, the problem was found to be a cabling issue inside the ISS. RSC Energia, the Moscow Mission Control Centre, and the cosmonauts collectively participated in identifying and verifying the cause of the anomaly. The engineering team has already implemented and tested the solution.

"We are extremely grateful for the extraordinary work by Energia and the cosmonauts onboard the ISS, especially during the holidays," explained UrtheCast's Chief Executive Officer, Scott Larson. "We are confident that our cameras will soon be successfully installed and we are looking forward to collecting our first high-resolution videos."

UrtheCast will confirm the exact date of the second spacewalk to install its cameras as this information becomes available. In the meantime, the Company remains focused on the commissioning and testing of the other facets of its system and is on track with its business plan.



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UrtheCast Confirms Camera Installation Date

UrtheCast is pleased to announce that its two Earth imaging cameras have been scheduled for installation aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on Jan. 27, 2014.

"With the ISS cabling issue now resolved, we expect that the second spacewalk will result in a complete installation," explained UrtheCast Corp. chief executive officer, Scott Larson. "We are again thankful for the hard work of the engineering teams at Roscomos, Energia, and UrtheCast, which were able to quickly isolate and resolve the issue. We're now confident that our business plan will remain unaffected."

Robert Pearlman
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UrtheCast Cameras Successfully Installed On International Space Station

UrtheCast Corp. is very pleased to announce that its two earth imaging cameras have been successfully installed on the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS). Contrary to the online broadcast of the installation, the telemetry was received by Mission Control Central near Moscow. During the installation, we were able to complete all of the intended tests during the spacewalk. At this time, all telemetry received and analyzed is within our expected results.

Today, Jan. 27, cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky performed a spacewalk (EVA-37a) to reinstall the two UrtheCast cameras that were previously installed and removed during a spacewalk on Dec. 27, 2013 (EVA-37).

"We're again extremely grateful to Energia and Roscosmos for providing such quick and efficient technical support throughout the camera installation process," explained UrtheCast's Chief Executive Officer, Scott Larson. "With the cameras now successfully installed and communicating with Mission Control, UrtheCast can now focus on the routine commissioning of the cameras in preparation for the unveiling of our Ultra HD, color video of Earth."

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UrtheCast's First Release Of Earth Imagery From Space

UrtheCast Corp. is extremely pleased to announce its first release of Earth imagery, captured by UrtheCast's medium-resolution camera (MRC) onboard the International Space Station (ISS).

"This is a pivotal moment for the company and for everyone who's been a part of the vision that we set in motion in 2010," stated UrtheCast Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Scott Larson. "Our team has been working extremely hard to make certain that we reach this goal of democratizing a very powerful perspective on the world. We couldn't be more grateful to the incredibly determined engineering teams at UrtheCast, RSC Energia, and Rutherford Appleton Laboratories."

Captured on March 28, 2014, at 1pm GMT, this image is centered around the city of Moneague, Jamaica, and has a 6-meter GSD (Ground Sampling Distance). The photo is approximately 3200 x 8000 pixels, and covers approximately 300 square kilometers. The MRC is a multispectral, nadir-pointing imager that captures 6-meter class, 50-km wide swaths of still imagery, which will be made commercially available on the UrtheCast platform.

While the images will be made available on an individual basis, they will also be processed and constantly streamed to the UrtheCast platform. This will be realized on the interactive platform as a near realtime flyover view of the planet directly below the ISS as it orbits the globe 16 times every day.

In preparation for the unveiling of its full color, Ultra HD Earth video from space, UrtheCast remains focused on the commissioning and calibration of its cameras, in addition to ground system testing and the continuation of its business plan.

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