HD ISS Live Video

Earth HD Live View From Satellite Online. Live video from the station is available only when the complex is in contact with the ground through its high-speed communications antenna and NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System.

HDEV live (High Definition Earth Viewing System)


When the space station is out of range of NASAs communications channels, you will see a - Loss of Signal - gray screen.

ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment


The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment places four commercially available HD cameras on the exterior of the space station and uses them to stream live video of Earth for viewing online. On April 30, 2014, the space agency activated its High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment, involving four commercial HD cameras aboard the ISS*. The Earth-facing cameras, which are enclosed in a pressurized and temperature-controlled housing, began streaming video live to the world on May 1, 2014. But viewers will have to wait a little longer to enjoy the live feed. It is mounted on the External Payload Facility of the ESA’s Columbus (Solar) module. Analysis of the effect of space on the video quality, over the time HDEV is operational, may help engineers decide which cameras are the best types to use on future missions. Video from these cameras is transmitted back to earth and also streamed live on this channel. While the experiment is operational, views will typically sequence though the different cameras. Between camera switches, a gray and then black color slate will briefly appear. Since the ISS is in darkness during part of each orbit, the images will be dark at those times. During periods when the space station is out of range of NASA’s communications channels you will see a - Loss of Signal - gray screen or previously recorded video.

SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo spacecraft arrives at ISS with supplies, including HDEV gear.
SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo spacecraft arrives at ISS with supplies, including HDEV gear.
(Source: NASA)

HDEV Facts:

* International Space Station