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ISS over California

May 12, 2014

You probably already know about the new HD cameras on the ISS. You can watch it over on ustream.

My ISS Above (yay Kickstarter!) blinks wildly when the ISS is passing overhead. I then run wildly to my phone, load uStream and start taking screenshots to GIF together.

2014.05.12 ISS over California

California is pretty big.

UPDATE: here’s a recording via uStream.

Here’s a still of the Bay Area.


Zoom and enhance:


Imagine showing this to Cabrillo or Drake. They’d be swearing like sai… well, swearing a lot.

Hopefully we can grab the straight down view on some SF pass soon…

This is a step up from the non HD version of the ISS pass I GIFd a few years back:

Still cool though.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. RLV permalink
    May 12, 2014 4:26 pm


  2. May 14, 2014 11:03 am

    i contributed to that kickstarter fund (you probably clued me in on it) two years ago or whenever it was. He’s yet to deliver anything, just a heads up. I got it for my dad, who religiously checks for ISS flyovers.

  3. liamjkennedy permalink
    May 15, 2014 2:13 am

    Jon. My ISS-Above is NOT the ISS-Notify (which I also backed). I gave up waiting for the ISS-Notify and built something else with many more features.

    • jonvoss permalink
      May 15, 2014 3:30 pm

      Thanks Liam–I didn’t realize they were different things!

  4. liamjkennedy permalink
    May 15, 2014 6:58 pm

    By the way John… I love that you use the ISS-Above to prompt you that it’s time to get the ustream going from the live HD cameras – as that’s when it will be in your skies. i can’t imagine it’s all that easy (quick) to have your camera take screenshots and then assemble them all in to a GIF. That IS a neat trick.

  5. liamjkennedy permalink
    June 5, 2014 4:30 pm

    I’ve worked out how to get the ISS-Above to convert the Ustream video from the ISS. I’m building a version of the code that will output this to HDMI port along with additional info about the ISS.

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