Image credit: Sen/Inside Outer Space screengrab

The vision is to democratize space using high-definition video.

That’s the mission of Charles Black, founder and CEO of the London-based Sen that was founded in 2014.

Sen’s mission to livestream Earth in 4K is literally a real-time event. Now onboard the SpaceX supply ship launched on March 21, the private group’s payload is due to arrive at the International Space Station on Saturday March 23.

May deployment

“Once at the space station it will be stored for a few weeks before it is placed on the outside of the station by the robotic arm,” Black says in a Sen communiqué. “It should be deployed in May after which we can start livestreaming Earth in 4K. We have two camera views of Earth – the horizon and straight down.”

Sen also have cameras pointing at the forward facing docking port of the space station to film coming and going spacecraft, Black adds.

Image credit: NASA

Commercial payload agreement

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 National Laboratory.

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 Earth.

Image credit: Sen/Inside Outer Space screengrab

Tell the story

Sen’s own satellite, ETV-A1, is now in orbit and the company is working on launching further satellites from early 2025 as it works on building a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit.

Black recently told BBC News: “Our goal is to bring a whole new way of seeing space, Earth and the Moon,” he said, noting Sen cameras are projected to be in lunar orbit, on the Moon itself and on lunar rovers.

“We want to tell that story,” Black said.

Artemis explorers at the Moon.
Image credit: NASA

Informed consent

According to Sen’s vision statement: “As humans and robots explore space beyond Earth, billions of people on Earth have an interest and a right to hear the story, to provide informed consent for a multi-world democracy. Sen’s mission is to tell the story of humanity’s exploration of the Solar System and one day beyond, democratizing space for all humanity.”

You can register on Sen.com – it’s free and you can view 4K videos from their first satellite. The livestream from the space station will be accessible on sen.com and in the app in due course, according to the group.

For more information about Sen, go to:

https://about.sen.com

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