The ISS-ABOVE – your personal control centre for the ISS!

Experience the amazing view of the astronauts on your own screen

In April 2014, an experiment with four outside cameras was installed on the ISS (High-Definition Earth Viewing, HDEV) and the live video feed became publicly available world-wide. The ISS-Above is a stand-alone device allowing to display this live feed on your screen alongside with further information and orbital data based on the screens in the ISS mission control centre.

The four cameras on board the ISS allow an impressive view on Earth that otherwise only the astronauts and cosmonauts experience during their flight. The Earth is only visible in the live feed when it is in sunlight. This is the case for about half of the 92-minutes Orbit around Earth, i.e. about 46 minutes at a time. During that time, HDEV is switching through the four different cameras that provide different viewing angles in flight direction (1 camera), downwards (1 camera) and backwards (2 cameras).

Partially, ISS components and spacecraft are visible in the camera views, like the docked Soyuz and Progress vehicles. Sometimes, it is even possible to observe the rendezvous and (un-)docking of spacecraft like the Dragon capsule (SpaceX) or the Cygnus spacecraft (Orbital ATK) on the live feed.

ISS-ABOVE brings this feed to your screen, at home, at work, in your Lobby/waiting area or at your children’s school. There is no better way to share the fascination of spaceflight.


Follow the ISS and when you can see it in your sky

The ISS-ABOVE connects the HDEV camera live feed with informative Screens about the ISS and indicating when you can observe it above your head. Next to the internet connection, the ISS-ABOVE only requires your location. At the initial start-up you can set your location and, if required, you can always change it later if you carry your ISS-ABOVE with you. It is also possible to change many other settings like the display duration of the different screens and the live stream, the language and your own tweets when the ISS passes overhead.

The ISS-ABOVE shows the position of the ISS above the Earth together with information on the altitude and orbital velocity. Furthermore, the ISS-ABOVE displays the current crew, with the crew members’ names, their role (commander/flight engineer) and the crew picture. Based on your location and the orbit of the ISS, the ISS-ABOVE provides information on the next passes of the ISS above your head. It tells you exactly when you will be able to directly observe the ISS with the naked eye! This is usually the case in the evenings and in the morning when the ISS reflects the sunlight. In the middle of the night and during the day the illumination angles are not ideal or the Sun is too bright. The individual screens of the ISS-ABOVE will be further explained below.

Additionally, the PiGlow module of the ISS-ABOVE displays the next pass independently from a screen. The LEDs provide information by:

  • RED FLASHING: the number of hours till the next pass
  • GREEN FLASHING: the number of 10-minute intervals till the next pass
  • BLUE FLASHING: the number of minutes until the next pass
  • FLASHING IN ALL COLOURS: the ISS is above you right now!


The individual screens of the ISS-ABOVE

ISS Orbit (world map)
Expedition Crew
Next Pass
Next Pass Skymap
Next Visible Pass


More about the ISS-ABOVE

The ISS-ABOVE is a standalone unit based on a Raspberry Pi. It was developed by Liam Kennedy in the USA, we are the official reseller of the ISS-ABOVE in Europe, providing units assembled in and distributed directly from Europe.

If you are in North America (USA, Canada, Mexico) and interested in purchasing an ISS-ABOVE, please visit the US site at