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Space cameras to allow earth live streaming by year-end


Officials hope live streaming will be possible by late December or early January
Officials hope live streaming will be possible by late December or early January

The Canadian Press

April 5, 2013 — A Vancouver company is planning to send cameras to the International Space Station that will -- almost -- live stream the Earth.

There will be about a one-hour delay before the images taken by the space station cameras show up on Urthecast's website
There will be about a one-hour delay before the images taken by the space station cameras show up on Urthecast's website

A Vancouver-based company says it should be able to take videos of big outdoor events on Earth from the orbiting International Space Station and put them on the Internet by the end of the year. 

Urthecast says the cameras will be sent up to the station in October on a Russian spacecraft.

The two cameras will be installed on the outside of the football-field sized station at the end of October and will start rolling a few months later, after tests are completed.

"Around the last couple of weeks of December or the first couple of weeks of January is when we'll be able to officially turn stuff on and start showing all the streaming images," Urthecast CEO, Scott Larson, told The Canadian Press. 

The company says there will be about a one-hour delay before the images taken by the cameras show up on Urthecast's website.

"Anything that's one metre big is what you'll be able to see," added Larson. "You'll see if there are 10 people together in white shirts in a green field." 

The cameras will be able to show flash mobs, outdoor events, stadiums, boats and planes.

The space station orbits the Earth 16 times a day, but if it's on one side of the planet and something happens on the other side, it won't be picked up by the cameras.

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