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MDA to support UrtheCast in creating streaming HD video platform of Earth


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MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) has signed a contract for $4.2 million with Earth Video Camera Inc., (operating as UrtheCast) to provide them with information solutions to be incorporated into two high-definition video cameras to be installed on the International Space Station in late 2012.


The cameras will stream pictures and constant, near-live video to Earth for
potential uses in education, environmental information, disaster
monitoring and consumer-generated media.

The information will be offered through a consumer-centric website created
by UrtheCast, a subsidiary of Earth Video Camera Inc., that will allow
users to track the location of the Space Station, and then as it passes
over a particular geographic location, allow access to the video data
and imagery of the area, thus providing the opportunity for more
immediate awareness of events around the world.

Scott Larson, president of UrtheCast stated "We are thrilled to have MDA as
part of this project and to be able to add them to a team that already
includes RSC Energia, Rutherford Appleton Labs in the UK, and the
Russian Federal Space Agency.  A project like this is obviously quite
involved and complex, and MDA is the right partner.  We look forward to
working closely with them on a variety of fronts over the duration of
this project."


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