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Sen Launched 4K Video Cameras Into Space. Here's What They Saw.

New video views of Earth show our planet in stunning high-definition, courtesy of a newly-launched 4K video-streaming platform.

The new platform, from British company Sen, features six video cameras in space. Two can be steered to capture wide-angle imagery of Earth — or peer at their spacecraft. Sen recently launched its video cameras (and a computer system for data processing) onboard a satellite from Russian company RSC Energia.

"We've spent years planning and developing the technology to stream real-time 4K video from space, so it's a great achievement to have our first successful mission," Charles Black, the founder and CEO of Sen, said in a statement.

A view from Sen's 4K video streaming platform in orbit around Earth. (Image credit: Sen)

"This mission validates our core technology — which will be deployed in future on both hosted cameras and our own satellites — as Sen develops its business of streaming videos from space for the benefit of humanity," he said.

RSC Energia will use Sen's video-streaming platform on future spacecraft, Sen representatives added in the statement.

Sen, which is short for "Space Exploration Network," was founded in 2014 with the aim of sending real-time video from space to people on Earth. The company briefly operated a news service on its website before refocusing several years ago on creating a streaming platform, which Sen says will help global populations deal with a changing climate.

Sen is a newer entrant to a competitive market for small-satellite providers that give real-time information about Earth. Other companies in that market include Planet, UrtheCast and Spire Global.

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022. She was contributing writer for Space.com (opens in new tab) for 10 years before that, since 2012. As a proud Trekkie and Canadian, she also tackles topics like diversity, science fiction, astronomy and gaming to help others explore the universe. Elizabeth's on-site reporting includes two human spaceflight launches from Kazakhstan, three space shuttle missions in Florida, and embedded reporting from a simulated Mars mission in Utah. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science since 2015. Her latest book, Leadership Moments from NASA, is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday.