This week we have witnessed the return of UK astronaut Tim Peake from the International Space Station and you have to wonder, what was it like seeing the earth moving and changing when he looked down from above?

Well wonder no more! Our partners over at UrtheCast have the answer. Not only do they stream live footage recorded from the ISS (which can be found here), but they are also now providing the world’s first full colour HD videos of the earth, acquired from a camera on board the ISS.

The camera sensor in question is called ‘Iris’ and can record videos up to 60 seconds long with a spatial resolution of 1m – pretty neat given that the camera is 400km above the earth’s surface. The footage has been shown to provide estimates on car travel speeds and promises to offer information on many more applications (information on this can be found here). So if you want to film something from an entirely different aspect, and the ISS happens to be flying overhead, perhaps this capability is the thing you are after!

Behind the video is a complex web of software which not only records the earth, but accounts for the movements in the ISS, so that the image quality is retained. I’m sure the exact details are a lot more complex, but we’re pretty impressed with the results!

If you would like access to the videos captures by Iris, please contact us and we’d be happy to handle your order and get you the data you require. We also provide access to the full range of UrtheCast data, such as the two Deimos satellites, so feel free to request this data from us as well.

For more information on the Iris sensor and the rest of the UrtheCast satellites, please visit: UrtheCast

 

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