THE STORY BEGINS
The story of Sen really begins back in 1990 when Charles Black came up with the idea of space news television, the vision being to create a business that gathered news and information about space and broadcast it, with satellites manufacturing satellites so that the business could go on forever creating an electronic version of the Universe. The idea would have to wait for the right time.
SEN NAME BORN
After searching for a name for his vision, Charles Black decided upon Sen which stood for space exploration network. The sen.com domain was acquired and the process of trade marking the word for space began.
COMPANY FOUNDED BY CHARLES BLACK
After stepping down as CEO of his first company, Charles began working on Sen full time in June 2014.
HIGH ALTITUDE CAMERA
Sen flew its first video camera to an altitude of 107,000 feet under a High Altitude Balloon. The flight tested a number of components being developed including space-grade GPS navigation unit, 4k sensor in low pressure and low temperature, radio transmitter unit, ground segment software framework and motors used to tilt the camera. The camera flown was a prototype for our 'SkyRider' video payload with pan and tilt mechanisms that will be used for satellite self-inspection and additional views from our own satellites.
Prototypes for our 'SkyRider Mini' cameras built, with 3D printed structure and casing, for development and testing of payload data chain. The camera has full pan and tilt functionality, combined with a 4K UHD full colour 30fps video feed.
Consumer facing app designed. The design shows how Sen's videos from space will range from entire worlds to half meter objects, and provides a range of filters for consumers to interact with the videos.
Sen pre-seed funding round closed with a number of angel investors.
SEED FUNDING, DELIVERED FIRST VIDEO STREAMING PLATFORM FOR SPACEFLIGHT
Sen closed its seed funding round in July 2018, and exported its first video streaming system for spaceflight, ahead of launch in late 2018.