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Prototype Satellite ‘CARBONITE-2’ makes way for 4K ‘Earth observation’

Prototype Satellite ‘CARBONITE-2’ makes way for 4K ‘Earth observation’

British company Earth-i confirmed the successful launch of a prototype satellite ‘CARBONITE-2‘. It is an early test version of a planned constellation (the ) which will be the first network bringing full color, full motion video from Earth’s orbit.

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 haven’t 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.”

The CARBONITE-2 launched on the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, from the Sriharikota rocket launch center in . It was one of 31 payloads aboard the rocket and was the first launch for the PSLV after it suffered a payload fairing error last August.

Sample video from an earlier prototype, CARBONITE-1, shows satellite video of traffic on a highway in Dubai:

Credits: https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/13/prototype-satellite-earth-observation-full-color-motion-video/

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Prototype Satellite 'CARBONITE-2' makes way for 4K 'Earth observation'
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British company Earth-i confirmed the successful launch of a prototype satellite 'CARBONITE-2'. It is an early test version of a planned constellation (the Vivid-i) which will be the first network bringing full color, full motion video from Earth's orbit.
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