Media reported that JaXA has partnered with Bascule and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation to set up a new studio on the International Space Station (ISS) for two-way live streaming by 2020. It is reported that some of JAXA Space’s partners are linked through the J-SPARC Innovation Initiative to promote the commercial development of the “space media business”.
(From: JAXA, via New Atlas)
The mini-television, known as the Space Frontier KIBO, will be installed in the International Space Station’s Japanese experimental module Kibo. The facility is equipped with two tablet terminals (located on either side of the window), where an astronaut will play a photographer and a lighting artist for a smooth two-way live broadcast.
In terms of transport, media technology company Bascule is developing new data protocols. While compatible with ISS’s existing communication limits, it plans to launch a more advanced streaming version in 2021 and is supported by a new camera developed by SKY Perfect JSAT.
SKY Perfect JSAT will broadcast and distribute videos from the space station on its BS SKY PerfecTV, while covering YouTube, SNS and other platforms. The company will also provide 20 communications satellites to support high-definition live streaming in 2022.
Koichi Wakata, Deputy Director-General and Director-General of JAXA’s Manned Space Technology Bureau, said the country’s Kibo experimental module has been on the International Space Station for 10 years. Since then, Kibo has performed a variety of tasks, including scientific experiments in microgravity, space observations using the environment outside the space station, and the realization of a variety of human space technologies.
Based on the results achieved so far, JAXA not only uses Kibo for research and development, but is also actively working to make Kibo used by many different participants for different purposes.
This space media business practice is also part of the J-SPARC Collaboration Initiative. As a pioneering effort, we look forward to more surprises from the private sector about space.