COLORADO SPRINGS — British startup Earth-i unveiled the first color video captured by its VividX2 satellite, a prototype for its future Earth imagery constellation, April 16 at the 34th Space Symposium here.
The videos show cars in Nashville, Tennessee, airports in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and city life in New Orleans, Louisiana, San Diego, California, and Sydney, Australia.
In January, Earth-i launched VividX2, a 100-kilogram satellite built by Surrey Satellite Technologies Ltd. (SSTL) and previously called Carbonite-2, aboard an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle into sun synchronous orbit.
“We are really delighted with the quality of imagery we are getting even at this early stage of commissioning,” Richard Blain, Earth-i chief executive, told SpaceNews. “It is exceeding our expectations.”
Earth-i anticipates wide and varied commercial and government demand for its imagery because its satellites are equipped with ultra-high-definition color cameras capable of capturing up to 50 frames per second.
“The extra contextual information that comes from video is helping us derive understanding of what we are seeing in the images,” Blain said. “Data from space is informed by weaving in additional data sources. One of the ways we look at that is time and movement information ...