By controlling from the Earth the new satellite designed and built by one of Japan’s biggest multinational conglomerates, the public will have a chance to take pictures from space, from the comfort of their home!
“When the satellite passes over a ground antenna,” explains Sony, “users will be able to operate it directly for around five to eight minutes while checking live images from the actual onboard camera, allowing them to experience a real-time connection with space.”
Made possible with the participation of the University of Tokyo and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Sony’s Star Sphere project will orbit the Earth at an altitude of between 500 and 600 km. The satellite will be geared with top-notched equipment including a full-frame sensor and a 28-135mm f/4 lens, and the photography settings – shutter speed, ISO, aperture – will be controlled in real-time for a brief moment. Star Sphere offers the public the most accurate simulated visual experience in space with its user-friendly settings. “The shooting simulator will enable intuitive execution of tasks such as operating the space camera, setting up shooting sequence, and reserving shooting sessions, making it easy to plan shots of the Earth, star-filled skies, and other diverse subjects.” The satellite could be turned into an art hub where artists and creators serve as guides to the general public.