Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Cameras to be installed on International Space Station in two weeks

This May 23, 2010 image provided by NASA shows the International Space Station with the Earth in the background made from the space shuttle Atlantis after undocking.

Uncredited/AP

Another attempt will be made in two weeks to install two Canadian-developed cameras on the International Space Station.

A cabling problem halted installation during a spacewalk in late December.

Vancouver-based UrtheCast Corp. says the cameras should be in place on Jan. 27.

Story continues below advertisement

UrtheCast CEO Scott Larson said in a statement that he expects the second spacewalk to result in a complete installation of the Earth-imaging cameras.

The space cameras were installed by two Russian cosmonauts on Dec. 27 without incident. But shortly after they were put in place, the Mission Control Centre near Moscow reported it couldn't receive any data from either camera.

Without data, the control centre could not confirm the cameras were receiving power and would be able to survive temperature fluctuations in space.

Once operational, the cameras – one shoots photos, the other streams video – will transmit images of the Earth on the Internet early next year.

They will be able to capture images of outdoor events, stadiums, boats and planes, but images like people's faces and licence plates will be too small to be visible.

Report an error
Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨