New Frontier: Streaming HD Video From Space

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April 3 (Bloomberg) –- UrtheCast Director of Technology Dan Lopez discusses streaming UltraHD from outer space and installing cameras on the ISS. He speaks with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television’s “Taking Stock.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Hd broadcast from space -- we are used to seeing astronauts and pictures, but this is something different.

This is a pretty spectacular feat we have pulled off.

We have had a lot of excitement to get to this point anyway.

We will be streaming altar hd which is the first time that has ever been accomplished in our market.

Earth observation has been a specific technology formfactor.

We are shifting the technology and future proofing us a little bit.

What kind of camera is being used and where is it on the international space station?

What kind of data feed are we talking about?

How can we enjoy this?

There are two cameras.

One is always on micah typical satellite.

The other one is on a platform that can be wanted at a location on the ground and follow that target on the ground and capture the alultra hd video.

What kind of resolution are we talking about?

What you see on big modern displays is about 4k these days.

We see north of 8k or 9k. it gets beamed back to earth.

That is going back down to earth -- in a digital video broadcast format.

We create a bunch of magic to happen and put that on the web.

People can experience that all along.

All walks of life all along the planet.

These cameras are positioned on the international space station.

Tell us whether international politics has played a role.

Obviously, this is the russian section of the iss?

It is the service module of the iss.

It is maintained by the russians, our counterparts over there.

There has been concern, rightfully so, but we're in a place on the international space station that politically has always been outside of that spectrum.

Iss has been nominated for a nobel peace prize which is a fascinating ancillary story.

We are in cooperation on a scientific and commercial basis.

What stream of -- kind of streaming capability are we capable of?

We only have a certain amount of time to drop the data to the ground station so he will be anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.

Up to a couple hours, streaming near real-time data which is phenomenal for streaming data from a satellite.

What do you hope to a comp which with this?

To democratize earth observation and for the future -- one country should not be responsible for that.

What about the commercial aspect?

We will be selling data to the large corporations, hedge funds, ngos, government organizations that typically buy this stuff.

Other avenues are academic and part of the pipeline as well.

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