Sen’s mission to livestream Earth in 4K launched into orbit aboard a SpaceX supply ship on March 21, 2024, bound for the International Space Station.

The launch, designated SpaceX CRS-30, was SpaceX’s 30th commercial resupply services mission for NASA. SpaceX’s cargo Dragon, loaded with supplies, science experiments and Sen’s payload is due to arrive at the ISS on Saturday March 23.

Sen’s payload, called “SpaceTV-1”, will be hosted on the outside of the ISS through a commercial payload agreement with Airbus U.S. Space & Defence, supported by the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory.

Once onboard the ISS, SpaceTV-1 will be connected to the Airbus Bartolomeo platform robotically by Canadarm-2. The Bartolomeo platform is attached to the European Space Agency’s Columbus module. The schedule for installation, which includes crew time to prepare the payload, is determined by NASA.

Sen’s payload has three camera views. One camera, with a wide angle ‘panoramic’ lens, will film Earth’s horizon. Another camera will look straight down at Earth and image a scene around 240 km x 180 km, with each pixel representing approximately 60m of the ground (“ground sample distance” or GSD). Another camera looks at the forward-facing docking port of the International Space Station.

“We’re thrilled the ArgUS and Bartolomeo platforms will enable Sen’s mission to bring live video from the International Space Station to viewers on Earth,” said Kris Kuehnel, Managing Director of Space Exploration Operations, Airbus U.S. Space & Defense. 

All cameras will film in 4K and at least one camera will be livestreamed continuously.

In addition to 4K video, Sen is aiming to demonstrate real-time Augmented Reality, enabling viewers to see real-time mapping information on the nadir camera view as it orbits the planet.

Sen’s 4K live video of Earth and the International Space Station will be freely accessible to everyone. Sen hopes its 4K livestream of Earth will inspire the world by empowering everyone to see Earth from space like astronauts. 

Sen will also use its video cameras to provide real-time environmental monitoring, empowering humanity to witness planetary change.

Speaking about Sen’s mission on behalf of the UK Space Agency, Professor Anu Ojha, Director of Championing Space, said: “Not only will this innovative hardware help an increased number, and more diverse range, of people engage with the wonder of space, but it will support our efforts to monitor and understand climate-related changes on our planet.”

To watch Sen’s 4K livestream visit Sen.com or download our native app from the Apple App Store.

Sen will also be releasing a native Android app. The company is working hard to have this ready for when the mission goes live.

Sen already has its own satellite, ETV-A1, in orbit and is working on launching further satellites from early 2025 as it works on building a constellation of satellites in Low Earth Orbit.

About Sen: https://about.sen.com

Sen was founded in 2014 by Charles Black with a vision to democratize space using video to inform, educate, inspire and benefit all humanity. Sen’s mission is to stream real-time videos from space to billions of people, gathering news and information on Earth and space and making the data universally accessible and useful. Sen will capture its unique video content using both hosted video cameras and its own constellations of small satellites. Sen’s is free for the public to view, with subscription options for downloads and usage. Sen has one satellite in orbit, ETV-A1 and will launch further satellites in 2025.