Astrovision Australia will build the fastest supercomputer in the country using a high performance computing (HPC) environment comprised of Apple Computer’s Mac OS X-based Xserves and Xgrid computing software to cope with the huge amount of data spooling off a geostationary imaging satellite. It’s planned for launch next year.

AstroVision plans to establish the first live, continuous, high-resolution and true-color motion imagery and data of the Earth from a geostationary imaging satellite orbiting at 36,000km above the Equator. Astrovision will delivery the imagery via Apple’s QuickTime video platform.

AstroVision plans to provide their partners and customers with real-time imagery of a wide range of live events, including local weather, bushfire detection and tracking, shipping and air traffic on TV, on 3G mobile, and on the Internet. This project will be the first continous live color coverage of the Earth in history – using a patented approach and low-risk space-qualifed hardware derived from systems originally developed and flown for NASA.

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Garry Barker reports on this story for The Sydney Morning Herald, “It is being built for AstroVision Australia to process data from a satellite to be launched in 2007 into geostationary orbit 36,000 kilometres above the equator, covering from India to Hawaii. AstroVision managing director Michael Hewins says Apple Australia is building the computer using Xserves and the Xgrid computing software in Tiger, QuickTime 7 to produce images and videos from space and the online distribution system.”

“AstroVision… plans to establish the first live, continuous, high-resolution, colour motion imagery and data of the Earth from a geostationary imaging satellite. Data processed in the supercomputer will be used to monitor weather and natural disasters, reduce bushfire and hail damage, improve coastal surveillance, and log navigational hazards for maritime and aviation industries.”

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