The first high-resolution, HD video from space in the world


Skybox Imaging is a Start-up based in San Francisco which is preparing the first public high resolution and definition video footage of earth in the world from 600 km above the ground. . It’s high definition video of our planet, courtesy of Stanford University spinoff Skybox Imaging.

Resolution of video is pretty high. It looks like it has a resolution of about one meter, or three feet. You can easily observe objects such as cars, trucks, shipping containers and etc using the video recorded by the company’s satellite, SkySat-1, which was launched in November. But don’t worry! It’s not clear enough to identify or show your activities.

There’s an enormous amount of knowledge that we can glean from analyzing movement – supply chain monitoring, maritime awareness, industrial plant activity, environmental monitoring, and humanitarian relief monitoring – and we are excited to explore the breadth of possibilities with this unique data source. skybox official website

 

 

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Skybox’s first satellite, SkySat-1, was successfully launched late November on the 19th mission of Ukraine’s Dnepr-1 rocket program, and a fortnight ago the company previewed its first sub-meter, color still imagery.

Skybox official website wrote that it’s satellite ( the SkySat-1 which is one the smallest capable of sub-meter imagery) can capture Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixel; 1080p30) imagery at 30 frames per second, up to 90 seconds per clip.

You may think that nowadays smart-phones can capture much better clips with higher resolution and also much longer Full HD video clips. But, you can’t compare imaging from an orbital craft with on the ground capturing. Definitely the requirement for capturing from an orbital is much higher and running on-demand Full HD capture from space is a big and considerable innovation.

The following video is in 1080p Full HD resolution. For watching this video in full resolution please click on 1080p HD and in full screen toggles.

 

 

Read more here:

http://www.skybox.com/news/blog

More videos and photos:

http://www.firstimagery.skybox.com/

 

References:

 

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/12/28/video-captures-the-worlds-first-high-resolution-hd-video-of-earth-from-space/

http://www.skybox.com/news/skysat-1-captures-first-hd-video-of-earth-from-space

http://wonderfulengineering.com/now-you-can-see-hd-video-of-earth-from-the-space/

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3 Responses to "The first high-resolution, HD video from space in the world"

  1. Zef Rose says:

    I find this extremely disquieting.
    Imagine life where there is no square meter of earth upon which you can stand where you are not being watched.
    In a benevolent world, where the rulers are honorable and just, perhaps this technology would be a blast. But any notion that the first look and the final decisions, the on/off switch, and the disposition of gleaned information will not be in the exclusive hands of the military, and therefore the power brokers and financial elite is at best naive.
    Any good this system has in store for humanity will be available only to the parasitic ruling class, who have no interest in a benevolent world, in honor or justice, in the face of ever grander opportunities for profit.
    A few innocent inventors will get very rich very quickly, but their innovations are already out of their hands.

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