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Monday 16 April 2018

Earth-i releases first colour video from space

SatReaders are no doubt aware how enthusiastic I am about rockets and space travel. Everything I have written on HotViews to date has been about US space endeavours - mostly about SpaceX recently.

But amongst the large ‘postbag’ I have got whenever I write on the subject, a BRITISH space company - Earth-I - has asked many times to be featured. On 12th Jan 18, the Earth-I VividX2 satellite was launched. It is the first of a series to be launched in the years to come. It weighs 100kg and is orbiting 505km above the earth at c7km per second. It is the first commercial satellite able to produce full colour Ultra high definition video of ‘life on earth’. It can lock onto a target location and record 2 minute videos every time it passes over.

AirToday they released their first full colour video and, as an exclusive, HotViews readers can view it here - https://youtu.be/OBxJSroyTcI.

You may well say ‘What is the point?’. The video shows many practical uses. Eg monitoring traffic flow on a motorway, showing aircraft movements at an airport or ships in a harbour. Another example would be monitoring crops or how climate change might affect different areas of the planet over time. The constant ‘fly over’ the same position makes it possible to show changes over any period of time eg how a building is being constructed or crops growing. I guess we all have seen military use of such technology. But earth-I is a commercial venture - bringing this technology at a reasonable price to the private sector.

Earth-I is headquartered close to TechMarketView in Surrey Research Park in Guildford. Website www.earthi.space  

Posted by Richard Holway at '19:56'

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