A company called Earth-i has created what it claims to be the “world’s first” commercial satellite that is able to provide viewers with full-colour video of Earth.
The satellite, dubbed VividX2, is equipped with a 4K Ultra HD camera that can film up to two minutes of video as it passes over a specified location.
The camera can stream video from over 300 miles above Earth, offering a tantalising glimpse into the future of Street View.
Earth-i, a UK company, released the first ever full-colour video taken from space back in April.
The video showcased the potential of satellites to record and stream live movements on Earth.
What’s more, everything is buttery smooth with video being captured at 50 frames-per-second.
Footage showed cars moving along motorways in addition to airplanes taking off from runways.
Earth-i has emphasised its confidence in achieving even greater data from its satellite that gives a glimpse of Earth in “an unprecedented level of detail”.
The company said: “The newly released video footage was taken as VividX2 passed over a range of targeted locations under its sun-synchronous polar orbit.
“The clips show videos of numerous different locations across the globe, and some of the intriguing new insights that can be quickly derived from the video.
“These first sequences represent just a fraction of the data already collected by VividX2 and demonstrate Earth-i’s ability to deliver an unprecedented level of detail in full motion video, whilst also extracting still imagery to meet an ever-wider range of needs.”
Richard Blain, Earth-i’s CEO, insisted the technology represented in a “breakthrough” in the future of video capture.
He commented: “Commercial colour video from space represents a major breakthrough for our industry and a world first. This initial footage shows what is now possible – with more videos being acquired every day.
“The depth and quality of data we can now acquire takes Earth Observation-based big data analytics to a new level.
“The way we capture video allows for a broader range of contextual insights to be derived than is possible with traditional still imagery.
“Furthermore, processing techniques such as image stacking can be applied to high frame rate video to increase effective resolution to levels as good as 60cm for still and video imagery.
Footage showed cars moving along motorways in addition to airplanes taking off from runways
The satellite is equipped with a 4K Ultra HD camera
“With the rich data we are now getting from VividX2, we are improving and developing advanced data analytics, new capabilities and insights from intelligent platforms including the use of computer vision and machine learning.”
The technology from Earth-i could be used for vitally important missions such as searching for missing planes or people.
Google has not yet publicly expressed an interest in partnering with Earth-i, however such a move could dramatically improve its Maps service.