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Prototype satellite makes way for 4K 'Earth observation'

Prototype satellite makes way for 4K 'Earth observation'
From Engadget - January 13, 2018

The prototype satellite has a UHD camera aboard, which will be able to capture high-res images of locations anywhere on Earth, as well as record up to two minutes of video similar to Urthecast. It's just the first step for Earth-i, though; the company plans to use CARBONITE-2 to prove that its tech is viable, as well as demonstrate what the eventual group of satellites can do. The company has already ordered its next five satellites in the Vivid-i constellation.

"The launch of VividX2 is a significant next development of Earth-i's constellation, and welcomed by ESA," said Josef Aschbacher, the director of Earth observation programmes at the European Space Agency. "The Vivid-i Constellation will provide capabilities we have not seen before including full-colour video, and an assured stream of high-quality data from space to help improve both our planet and our lives on Earth."

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