Building a ‘live Google Earth’
Two high definition cameras fixed to the International Space Station will soon offer real time pictures from space to everyone.
The basic service on offer will be free – with users able to log into the site and see live or archived images and video of anywhere on Earth. With the ISS orbiting the planet around 15 times a day, sooner or later it’ll be above something you want to look at.
“You can enter in your address and find out when it was above there last,” says Larson. “And at the same time, because we know where the space station is, you can enter in your address and find out when it’s going to be above you next. And so you can go outside, you can hold your event, your wedding, your sports day around when it’s going to be imaged from space.” There’s also the potential for broadcasters or websites to buy time on the moveable camera to track live news, sports games or events.