NASA will give Earth dwellers the first live-steaming look at 4K Ultra HD video from space, in an event co-produced with Amazon Web Services.
Through the highest resolution video ever broadcast live from space, NASA has decided to take viewers on a journey to the International Space Station. NASA astronaut and Expedition 51 commander Peggy Witson will take viewers to the ISS on 26th April on Wednesday at 1.30pm EDT (11 pm IST) during a session at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas.
The live feed from 250 miles above Earth will be encoded with Amazon Web Services’ Elemental encoding software on board the International Space Station (pictured above) and on the ground at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The entire event will be available free to the public in live 4K (and downconverted HD) video at live.awsevents.com/nasa4k. A VOD asset will be available after the event in lower resolutions on the NASA TV Channel and in both HD and 4K on NASA’s website. Obviously, 4K-capable devices will be required to view the video in 4K resolution.
“The US space agency is a pioneer in the application of advanced media — including 4K. By streaming real-time video that captures images four times the resolution of current HD technology, NASA is enhancing its ability to observe, uncover and adapt new knowledge of orbital and deep space,” the National Association of Broadcasters said in a statement.
The stream is actually a demo of Amazon’s Elemental encoding technology as well as the power of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its Content Delivery Network. Elemental is a next gen encoding format for compressing high-resolution video content in real-time and NAB is a broadcaster’s convention. NASA is also understandably excited about the technology.
During the event, Witson will speak with Sam Batman, chief executive officer and co-founder of AWS Elemental, via an ultra-high-definition (UHD) broadcast transmitted in 4K. Exploring how advanced imaging and cloud technologies are taking scientific research and filmmaking to the next level, the conversation with Witson will take place as part of a panel called, “Reaching for the stars: Connecting to the future with NASA and Hollywood.”
There will also be a panel discussion with various engineers from Nasa and Amazon as well as people working in the field of AR, VR and broadcasting. The panel discussion will feature astronaut Dr. Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Rodney Grubbs, manager of NASA’s Imagery Experts Program, along with Bernadette McDaid, head of development for VR & AR at Bau Entertainment, Khawaja Shams, VP of engineering for AWS Elemental, and Dr. Dave McQueeney, senior principal investigator with IBM Watson Group.
It will be moderated by Carolyn Giardina, technology editor for the Hollywood Reporter. The live stream can be viewed here!