Two earth imaging cameras developed by Vancouver-based UrtheCast Corp. have been successfully installed on the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS). Contrary to the online broadcast of the installation, the telemetry was received by Mission Control Central near Moscow, says UrtheCast via an online statement
During the installation, UrtheCast was able to complete all of its intended tests during the spacewalk, while all telemetry received and analyzed was within the firm’s expected results. On Jan. 27, cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky performed a spacewalk to reinstall the two UrtheCast cameras that were previously installed and removed during a spacewalk one month prior.
“We’re again extremely grateful to Energia and Roscosmos for providing such quick and efficient technical support throughout the camera installation process,” says UrtheCast’s chief executive officer, Scott Larson. “With the cameras now successfully installed and communicating with Mission Control, UrtheCast can now focus on the routine commissioning of the cameras in preparation for the unveiling of our Ultra HD, color video of Earth.”
UrtheCast plans to offer near-real time video and still Earth views to subscribers through the Internet in partnership with Roscosmos, the Russian federal space agency.