Streaming Urthe

I am awed by the magnitude of the video streaming task UrtheCast is taking on in intending to stream live HD video from cameras on the ISS. Even though it creeps me out a bit (1.1 meter resolution is pretty good!) I’ll be keeping my eye on this project and how it proceeds. I’m curious if there will be pressure to not show live footage of every region or if governments will press to have some regions blocked from public view. I can’t tell if they intend to make a profit on this project or not – I don’t see anything about cost and it would raise the question for me of how it is decided which commercial ventures get to place themselves on the ISS as compared to using a commercial satellite. In fact, I’m going to have to poke around more to figure out what the merit is of being on the ISS as compared to a satellite.

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