UrtheCast (pronounced “Earthcast”) is a startup that is working on broadcasting high-resolution and near-live global images and video from cameras that they are going to place on the International Space Station.
There is a Russian rocket that is going to be flying to the International Space Station in October and will drop off around 238 pounds of UrtheCast’s equipment including a high-definition video camera that can handle radiation and extreme temperatures. The camera will be able to record 90-second videos 150 times per day as the Space Station circles around Earth. Another camera will constantly take photos. About 2.5 terabytes of data will be generated per day. This is the equivalent of about 270 full-length movies, according to BusinessWeek.com.
?With our images, you can see things moving and changing,? stated UrtheCast Director and President Scott Larson in an interview with BusinessWeek.
UrtheCast’s feed will be available for third party developers and consumers that are looking for photos and videos for events and specific addresses. UrtheCast may even be considered real competition for Google Earth and DigitalGlobe. UrtheCast will have a paid service for specific imaging for agriculture, forestry, and oil companies. Their services may also be useful for government agencies.
Scott Larson co-founded UrtheCast with his brother Wade along with 3 other colleagues in 2012. Energia contacted Wade Larson’s aerospace company MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates about building equipment for the space station. The project did not end up being a fit for MacDonald. This is where the idea for UrtheCast started.
UrtheCast has 22 employees and has raised around $11.5 million from angel investors. The company is expecting to raise another $25 million as part of a reverse takeover later this summer.