Monitoring conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region; observation of the drought crisis across the horn of Africa; continued evaluation of Haiti’s earthquake response. It is conflict regions like these that UrtheCast has agreed to image in support of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
When the UrtheCast cameras are launched, image data will be offered by means of a consumer-centric website. The platform will be open-source, allowing users to create applications for sale on the UrtheCast website. As the Space Station passes over a particular geographic location, video data and imagery will be collected of that area, thereby providing the opportunity for awareness of current events across the globe. As another layer of interactivity, users will be able to track the Space Station along its orbital path.