Sen’s successful launch to the International Space Station

On March 21, 2024, UK spacetech startup Sen embarked on its mission to broadcast live 4K footage of Earth, launching towards the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX supply vessel.

This launch, known as SpaceX CRS-30, marked SpaceX's 30th commercial resupply mission for NASA. The cargo Dragon spacecraft, carrying supplies, scientific experiments, and SEN's equipment, is scheduled to dock with the ISS on Saturday, March 23.

Sen's "SpaceTV-1" payload will be mounted on the exterior of the ISS, facilitated by a commercial agreement with Airbus US Space & Defence and supported by the ISS National Laboratory.

Following its arrival, SpaceTV-1 is set to be robotically installed onto the Airbus Bartolomeo platform by the Canadarm-2. This platform is integrated with the European Space Agency's Columbus module. NASA is responsible for scheduling the installation, a process that requires allocation of crew time for payload preparation.

The SpaceTV-1 payload features three different camera perspectives. One camera employs a wide-angle 'panoramic' lens to capture the Earth's horizon. A second camera is designed to gaze directly downwards at the Earth, capturing an area of approximately 240 km by 180 km, with a ground sample distance (GSD) where each pixel equates to roughly 60m on the Earth's surface. A third camera is directed at the ISS's forward-facing docking port.

“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,” commented Kris Kuehnel, Managing Director of Space Exploration Operations, Airbus US Space & Defense.  

All cameras will record in 4K resolution, with at least one offering a continuous live stream. Beyond 4K video, Sen plans to showcase real-time Augmented Reality (AR) capabilities, providing viewers with live mapping details overlaying the direct-down (nadir) camera feed as it circles the globe.

The 4K live footage of Earth and the International Space Station provided by Sen will be available for free to all. Through its 4K live stream of Earth, Sen aims to inspire global audiences by granting them the astronaut's perspective of our planet.

Also, Sen intends to leverage its video technology for real-time environmental surveillance, granting humanity the ability to observe changes on Earth as they happen.

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.”