Dec 01, 2015

The UrtheCast Developer Platform is Open for Business

With the many challenges facing our planet — societal, economic, environmental, and more — we’re all the more eager to release the UrtheCast Developer Platform, which is now publicly available and offers tools to help people solve global problems.

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Tools for world change
What this beta platform does is open up access to a deep trove of Earth Observation data, at an unprecedented scale. Built by developers for developers, the UrtheCast platform makes it easy for devs to build tools that monitor deforestation, refugee crises, environmental change, impacts of natural disasters, urban growth, natural resources, commodities trading, and much more.

Earth APIs
Pulling satellite imagery from a variety of sensors at different resolutions, developers can leverage our growing suite of camera sensors — two ISS sensors and two stand-alone satellite sensors — in addition to third-party providers like NASA. Imagery, video, and metadata are extracted from all of these sources to provide developers with an increasingly rich archive. Our groundbreaking suite of Earth APIs, services, and tools all allow for this wide access to Earth Observation and geospatial data.

Open access
Free access is available, as are developer plans starting at $39. These APIs are built on open, modern web standards, and there’s no need to be a geospatial expert to make it happen.

Beta platform highlights:

  • Track satellites
  • Search the archive
  • Track Areas of Interest (AOIs)
  • Subscribe to global events
  • Order and download imagery

About UrtheCast Corp

UrtheCast Corp. is a Vancouver-based technology company that is developing the world’s first Ultra HD video feed of Earth, streamed from space in full color. Working with prominent aerospace partners from across the globe, UrtheCast has built, launched, installed, and will soon operate its Ultra HD video camera, Iris, on the ISS alongside its Medium Resolution Camera (MRC). Both Iris and the MRC have reached Initial Operation Capability (IOC), in 2015 and 2014 respectively. UrtheCast also owns and operates the Deimos-1 and Deimos-2 satellites through its Spanish subsidiary, operating as Deimos Imaging. Video and still image data captured by the cameras will be downlinked to ground stations across the planet and displayed on the UrtheCast web platform, or distributed directly to partners and customers. UrtheCast’s cameras will provide Ultra HD video and still imagery of Earth that will allow for monitoring of the environment, humanitarian relief, social events, agricultural land, etc. Common shares of UrtheCast trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange as ticker ‘UR’.

  • Render on-the-fly (vegetation health, deforestation, water indices, etc.)

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