London-based Sen has announced that its first satellite able to stream Ultra High Definition videos of Earth is now in orbit.

Sen’s ETV-A1 was launched January 13 aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare. On board this launch were 105 commercial and government spacecraft, including CubeSats, microsats, PocketQubes, and orbital transfer vehicles.

The Sen satellite is equipped with four video cameras, designed to image Earth with different spatial resolutions, from continents and oceans to regions and cities.

Sen’s cameras are capable of streaming recorded and live Ultra High Definition (UHD) video including 8K video from its highest resolution camera which can see down to around 5 feet (1.5 meters) of the ground.

Planned constellation

ETV-A1 is the first in Sen’s planned constellation of video satellites in low Earth orbit.

Credit: Sen

“The successful launch of our first satellite represents a key milestone on our journey to democratize space using video,” said Charles Black, Founder & CEO of Sen in a company statement.

Sen’s mission is to stream real-time videos from space to billions of people, gathering news and information about Earth and space and making it universally accessible and useful.

Range of markets

Sen’s global Earth monitoring will address a range of markets, including: environmental, disaster and emergency response, meteorological, shipping, asset monitoring, news media, future and commodity traders, human and robotic space exploration.

Sen is a private company, funded by over 50 investors and founded in 2007 by Black.

Sen will capture its unique video content using both hosted video cameras and its own constellations of small satellites.

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