DISH Network announced the launch of DISH Earth, a channel exclusively available to DISH Network customers, offering dramatic live views of Earth 24 hours per day, including passing views of the moon, Venus, and even unidentified flying objects. DISH Network customers can experience the camera’s live feed for free on Ch. 212.
The DISH Earth channel content is supported by a camera installed on DISH Network’s EchoStar 11 satellite – the world’s first Earth-directed camera mounted on a commercial communications satellite. Six years in the making, the DISH Earth camera offers a 30 degree x 22.4 degree field-of-view that includes live full-disk views of the planet from a distance of approximately 22,300 miles above Earth. The regular night/day cycle, weather patterns, and seasonal changes in the western hemisphere are clearly visible via the ‘eyes’ of the camera, which observe objects in the visible spectrum, similar to the human eye, with a resolution of about 20 km per pixel.
In addition to the live video footage, DISH Network has also partnered with Space Services, a Houston-based aerospace company, to offer consumers photos of the planet on a loved one’s special day via its Give the World service.