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NASA and Amazon to stream first live 4K video from space
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Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:38

NASA has announced it will produce the first-ever live 4K video stream from space during a Super Session at the 2017 NAB Show, using Amazon Web Services.

Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to the Future with NASA and Hollywood will take place at 10h30 (local time in Las Vegas) on Wednesday, 26 April at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

The panel is co-produced by NAB Show, NASA, and Amazon Web Services (AWS), and will explore how advanced imaging and cloud technologies are taking scientific research and filmmaking to the next level. The live feed from 250 miles above Earth will be encoded AWS Elemental encoding software on board the International Space Station (ISS) and on the ground at Johnson Space Center.

During the NAB Show Super Session, a live 4K stream will enable NASA astronaut Dr. Peggy Whitson on the ISS to converse with AWS Elemental CEO and co-founder Sam Blackman, who will be at the LVCC. In conjunction with the live 4K streaming event, NASA astronaut Dr. Tracy Caldwell Dyson and NASA Imagery Experts Program manager Rodney Grubbs will take part in an LVCC-based panel discussion featuring Hollywood and technology leaders including Bernadette McDaid, head of development, VR & AR, Bau Entertainment; Khawaja Shams, vice president of Engineering for AWS Elemental; and Dr. Dave McQueeney, senior principal investigator, IBM Watson Group. The panel will be moderated by Carolyn Giardina, Technology Editor for the Hollywood Reporter.

The entire event will be available to the public for multiscreen viewing in live 4K and down-converted high definition (HD) video here. A video-on-demand (VOD) asset will be available after the event in lower resolutions on the NASA TV Channel and in both HD and 4K.

4K-capable devices will be required to view 4K content.



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