NASA said it will generate the first live 4K video stream from space at NAB this year.
During a Super Session co-produced by NASA, NAB Show and Amazon Web Services (AWS), the space agency plans to send a live feed from the International Space Station to Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. From there, it will be transmitted to the Las Vegas Convention Center, where Sam Blackman, CEO and co-founder of AWS Elemental, will converse with astronaut Peggy Whitson.
A satellite downlink truck from Las Vegas’s Roberts Communications Network will provide services to transmit from Houston to Vegas. The live stream will be delivered for public viewing via the Amazon CloudFront CDN, and NAB attendees will see the stream displayed via Christie 4K projectors. The demo is meant to demonstrate the feasibility of multiscreen delivery of 4K HEVC content via cloud-based workflow.
The Super Session, “Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to the Future with NASA and Hollywood,” is scheduled to take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, in LVCC room N249. A panel discussion with Bau Entertainment Head of Development for VR & AR Bernadette McDaid, AWS Elemental VP of Engineering Khawaja Shams, and IBM Watson Group Senior Principal Investigator Dave McQueeney will be moderated by The Hollywood Reporter Technology Editor Carolyn Giardina.
AWS is making the event available for live and subsequent on-demand 4K and HD viewing at https://live.awsevents.com/nasa4k.