Nov 27, 2013

UrtheCast Successfully Launches its Cameras into Space

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VANCOUVER, Nov. 25, 2013 /CNW/ – UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) (‘UrtheCast’ or ‘the Company’) is extremely pleased to announce that the Progress 53P cargo ship carrying UrtheCast’s cameras has now reached orbit, following a successful launch from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome. Travelling aboard a Soyuz rocket, UrtheCast’s two cameras — the world’s first 1-Metre Class, high-resolution Earth video camera and one medium-resolution imaging camera — are scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) on November 29.

“This is the biggest milestone UrtheCast has achieved thus far,” explained co-founder, President and Chief Operating Officer, Wade Larson. “I want to thank everyone who has made this a reality, including everyone at UrtheCast and our strategic partners; Roscomos, RSC Energia, Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates.”

Further progress will be shared regarding the docking of the Progress 53P cargo ship to the ISS and the cameras’ installation, as those events occur.

UrtheCast Corp is a multinational industrial initiative Company based in Vancouver, listed in Toronto SE market under the ticket UR. UrtheCast, has an exclusive ten-year partnership approved by Russian Federation Agency to deploy, operate and exploit two sensors on the International Space Station a multinational space platform flying at 350 km above earth supported by space agencies from Europe, Canada, US, Russia and Japan.
The first sensor is a multispectral (R,G,B,NIR) medium resolution (5m) push-broom system. This sensor provides almost 29 million square km coverage per day at a swath of 45km. It will be operate on a continuous basis, 24/7 providing several passes over day/night in certain geographic latitudes due to special ISS orbit and streaming all earth surface recordings to our web site.
The second sensor is a colourful directional video of one-meter with super resolution of 3000X4500 pixels/lines. The duration of each high resolution video will be ~90 secs and the system can generate 150 videos per day, whereas each video comprised of ~270 single frames of 3.4 X 5.0 km or ~134 stereo pairs. The high number of multi views of an AOI produce additional product such as 3D or finer resolution derivatives.
The daily video coverage will offer an unprecedented capability for targets or events monitoring and an extraction of situation awareness in certain regions, facilities or events via a Motion Video. It will also help to provide reliable evidences on certain events without intruding neighbouring countries air spaces by flying aeroplanes or UAVs. UrtheCast will provide assistance to FMV-UAV players demonstrating how their data will look over the area of the customer interest prior to any actual field deployment.

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