UrtheCast releases its first Earth imagery

By on 7 April, 2014


Satellite imagery/video startup, UrtheCast, has released the first images from its medium-resolution camera.

Captured on March 28, 2014, at 1pm GMT by UrtheCast’s medium-resolution camera, Theia, the image is centered around the city of Moneague, Jamaica. At approximately 3200 x 8000 pixels, the photo covers about 300 square kilometres of terrain. The second image is a 3000 x 5000 pixel view of the urban area surrounding Santa Cruz de Mara, Venezuela. Covering approximately 260 square kilometres, this image was also captured by Theia on March 28, 2014.

UrtheCast is novel among satellite imagery providers, as it aims to provide near-real time streaming imagery of Earth in ‘Ultra-HD resolution.’

“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 the fall of 2010,” said Scott Larson, UrtheCast co-founder and chief executive officer. “Our team has been working extremely hard to make certain that we reach this goal of democratizing a very powerful perspective on the planet.

“When you speak to astronauts, they all say that going to space fundamentally changes them. They see how small the globe is, with no borders between countries, and they all come back with a greater sense of connectedness, and a renewed appreciation of our responsibility to protect the planet. Our goal at UrtheCast is to recreate that astronaut experience, in Ultra HD, and stream it across the web. Releasing this image is just the start of that democratisation.”

You can view the released images at the UrtheCast website.

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