Tate in Space Webcam
Live Webcam | Tate
This webcam is located on the current Tate
Satellite in orbit.
It is sending images to your browser live, in realtime.
This powerful wide angle webcam developed in collaboration
with University College London enables a broad viewing range. Currently
the webcam is focussed on our own planet, earth. You may take control
of the webcam using the pan and zoom controls above.
How it works
The webcam takes a still every 30 seconds which is then sent to
the server. Depending on network traffic the webcam image on your
browser should update at approximately 30 second intervals. (if
after 40 seconds the image has not refreshed then please press the
refresh or reload button on your browser toolbar). It takes a minimum
of 20 seconds for the camera to respond to your instructions, and
it may take up to a minute for you to see the resulting pan, or
The camera receives instructions from all viewers
collectively. The resulting pan and zoom takes into account all
instructions received. If more than one viewer sends an instruction
simultaneously the instructions will be queued. This custom camera
technology is still in development so on occasion you may get glitching.
If this persists, please email email@example.com
with the subjectline 'fault' and a description of the problem you
The satellite is orbiting at approx 400km from earth
in a polar to polar orbit. The satellite orbits earth every 92.56
mins. It has been engineered to cover the globe in 15.56 orbits
- 1 day. For more information on when the satellite might be visible
from where you are click here.
Information can be transmitted almost instantaneously
to a ground station via telemetry. The live webcam works in this
way, with webcam instructions sent via the internet to the ground
station and from there to the Satellite. Images from the webcam
are in turn sent to the ground station and from there via the internet
to your web browser.