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Author Topic:   Shuttle/ISS: continuous video coverage of the Earth?

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From: Canada
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posted 09-15-2008 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thinking of it, I'm surprised that they do not train a vid- or HD-camera on earth for a continuous recording, maybe even live transmission at some bitrate. On the orbiter, the camera system could be mounted on the KU-band arm, couldn't it?

Observation of such data could reveal and document incidental, transient events -- the weather and atmosphere, sismic events, infrastructural or environmental catastrophes, meteors, etc. ...UFOs?

Put it on the Web too. Now that's my type of screen saver!!!

Besides, the same capability can be installed on the Soyuz, the Progress, the ATV, all for easy retrieval of recording media by the crew.

François Guay
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Robert Pearlman

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posted 09-15-2008 02:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In 2000, NASA entertained commercial proposals to deliver just such a feed, ultimately choosing a (since failed) start-up over more established companies such as National Geographic. Despite promises of delivering HD cameras and the necessary support equipment to the ISS, the company (DreamTime) more or less did nothing but establish a 'coming soon' website.

SpaceHab, in partnership with Energia, briefly proposed a similar service using their proposed commercial module (Enterprise) but that too fell by the wayside.

NASA does broadcast continuous footage of the Earth, especially during shuttle missions while the crew is sleeping, and devotes an hour each day to live on-board ISS coverage but I believe bandwidth is reserved for operational use most of the time.

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