04/23/2015 07:30 EDT | Updated 07/19/2015 01:59 EDT

Vancouver-based UrtheCast to help NASA stream space station videos

VANCOUVER - A Vancouver-based company has announced that it's teaming up with NASA to help send out live, high definition video of the Earth taken from the International Space Station.

Scott Larson, the CEO of UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR), says within a few months his firm's website will be distributing the real-time video taken by four cameras located on a European Space Agency module on the space station. The cameras have been operating for almost a year.

Larson says UrtheCast will be tapping into a view of the world which he describes as breathtaking and inspiring.

UrtheCast has already built and installed its own two cameras — a still camera and a high-definition video camera — on the Russian section of the space station.

The still camera is already in operation and the full-colour video camera is expected to begin streaming this summer, once tests are completed.

The company's two cameras can monitor the environment, humanitarian relief, agricultural land, and even social events on the ground.

UrtheCast has already announced that it will be sending another video camera and a radar sensor up to the orbiting space laboratory in 2017.