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NASA, AWS successfully test Cloud for streaming from space

Live test delivered video of astronauts aboard the International Space Station

NASA and Amazon Web Services have completed a successful proof of concept to demonstrate using the Cloud to stream video from space.

The test used a Cloud-based streaming alternative to long-haul satellite distribution of video originating on the International Space Station to SMPTE’s annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir were interviewed via the link, which aimed to prove the viability of one day replacing the long-haul satellite link NASA uses to transport coverage from the Johnson Space Center in Houston of crew interviews, press conferences, launches and other events to the media, as well as to feed 24/7 365-coverage to NASA Television.

For the SMPTE test, AWS Elemental Media Services was used to transport content, produce it for the live event and deliver it through its Cloud services.

That workflow involved taking the content from the ISS that is downloaded at the Johnson Space Center, encoding it with an AWS Elemental live encoder and transporting it to MediaConnect, which was used as the long-haul alternative to transport the content to SMPTE in Los Angeles.