NASA has announced it will produce a live 4K video stream from space during the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show held in Las Vegas from 22-27 April. The stream will take place during a Super Session titled ‘Reaching for the stars: Connecting to the future with NASA and Hollywood’ in room N249 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre at 10:30am on Wednesday 26 April.
The live feed will be encoded with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elemental encoding software on board the International Space Station (ISS) and on the ground at Johnson Space Centre. It 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 session.
The session will also include a panel co-produced by NAB Show, NASA and AWS Elemental, which will explore how advanced imaging and cloud technologies are taking scientific research and filmmaking to the next level.
NASA astronaut Dr Tracy Caldwell Dyson, NASA imagery experts program manager Rodney Grubbs, Bua Entertainment head of development VR & AR Bernadette McDaid, AWS Elemental vice president Khawaja Shams and IBM Watson senior principal investigator Dr Dave McQueeney will take part in the panel discussion, which will be moderated by Hollywood Reporter technology editor Carolyn Giardina.
The entire event will be available to the public for multi-screen viewing in live 4K and down-converted HD video at https://live.awsevents.com/nasa4k. 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 at https://live.awsevents.com/nasa4k. 4K-capable devices will be required to view 4K content.
AWS Elemental will deliver the live stream of the event via an AWS workflow that includes AWS CloudWatch, Amazon Route 53, and the Amazon CloudFront Content Delivery Network (CDN) for public access in both 4K and HD.