UrtheCast has introduced the first full color HD videos recorded of Earth from space via a new camera system mounted on the International Space Station. The videos are short recordings of regions in Barcelona, Boston, and London, and show the cities at a one-meter resolution. Previously UrtheCast teamed with NASA to use the High Definition Earth-Viewing System (HDEV) cameras for streaming footage of Earth recorded from the ISS.

The new camera system, which UrtheCast calls 'Iris,' is able to zoom in on specific regions of Earth as the ISS passes over. The three videos that have been released so far have a length ranging from 34 to 47 seconds, and according to UrtheCast they cover areas ranging up to 1.19 x 0.67 miles. In a statement Wednesday, the company said it expects 'Iris to achieve Initial Operation Capability status' some time this summer.

Above is a video of Barcelona, Spain. See the other two on UrtheCast's Vimeo page.


Press release:

VANCOUVER, June 17, 2015 /CNW/ - UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) ("UrtheCast" or the "Company"), the Earth Observation (EO) company aiming to open the world to anyone with an internet connection, today announced that it has released the first-ever, full-color HD videos of Earth, filmed from the International Space Station (ISS) at roughly one-meter resolution.

Captured by UrtheCast's Ultra HD camera, Iris, from aboard the ISS, the release of the 'First Light' video footage reinforces the Company's mission to democratize the Earth Observation industry — with the vision of providing the world with a new, dynamic perspective on our evolving planet.

Videos of London, Boston, and Barcelona were today released worldwide on the Company's website, blog.urthecast.com. Showcasing daily life and revealing the diverse nature of our remarkable planet, the videos display the unique utility of UrtheCast's unprecedented technology.

Ranging in length from 34 to 47 seconds, and covering areas of up to 1.19 x 0.67 miles (1.92 x 1.08 kms), the Iris camera has captured 'First Light' videos of unparalleled data:

London, England
Boston, United States
Barcelona, Spain

"Today, we are continuing our advancement towards democratizing the Earth Observation industry, making timely Earth video and imagery from space accessible to everyone," explained Scott Larson, UrtheCast Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. "With the ultimate goal of connecting the planet and highlighting what unites us all, we're revealing a perspective of Earth from space that was previously reserved for a small few. By opening up our API to the web development community, we're providing collaboration tools that will help people monitor, protect, and benefit our world and will lead to the democratization of Earth Observation imagery."

Wade Larson, UrtheCast Co-founder, President and Chief Operating Officer, added: "We are realizing UrtheCast's mission to bring something really quite unique to the Earth Observation industry. With today's video release, we continue to move towards being able to deliver fast, scalable, and affordable Earth Observation imagery to our customers, and ultimately broadening the market appeal and utility of space-based remote sensing."

The achievement of Initial Operation Capability (IOC) status of the Ultra HD Iris camera is expected to occur in the summer of 2015, and will compliment the existing Medium-Resolution Camera (MRC), Theia, which reached IOC status in 2014 and is actively filling orders for imagery and data.