THINKSPACE

International Space Station (ISS) Street View

Mission Stats

Product: ISS Street View

Product Launch Date: July 24, 2017

On-Orbit Operations: Started February 16, 2017
Project Duration: 8 months
Product Details: Comprehensive imagery capture of the International Space Station used to create a 360-degree tour in Google Street View.

Impact:

Imagery is accessible through Google’s free services: Google Maps, Google Street View, and Google Earth.  These platforms have wide ranging accessibility, global impact, and educational influence.  The platforms are accessible to anyone with internet access and was incorporated into Google’s GeoEDU teachers outreach.  Google Street View has over 600M monthly panoramic views of its imagery.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Most comprehensive & publicly available imagery of the ISS to date.
  • Captured imagery for all 15 modules of the ISS and 3 commercially owned modules / visiting vehicles.
  • ThinkSpace coordinated international approval and partnerships with NASA, ESA, JAXA, and Roscosmos, SpaceX, Orbital Sciences (now Northrop Grumman), and Bigelow Aerospace.
  • Completed experiment from kick-off to product launch in 8 months (average ISS experiment timeline 3 years)
  • Leveraged ThinkSpace experience and knowledge to utilize available resources on-board.  Experiment required no launch manifest or upmass.

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