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.
SEN HIRES FIRST STAFF
Sen employed Shaun Kenyon as its first full time engineer. He was followed in April 2016 by Dr Edmund Simons who joined as Lead Electronics Engineer and Matt Marter, Machine Learning Engineer.
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.
Sen completed its first round of external investment from a number of angel investors.