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BLACKSKY GLOBAL COMPLETES FIRST SATELLITE
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
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Imagery produced by BlackSky Pathfinder satellite

Source: BlackSky Global


Imagery produced by BlackSky Pathfinder satellite

Source: BlackSky Global


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SEATTLE -- BlackSky Global’s first of its next generation of small Earth observation satellites is complete, qualified, and awaiting launch. This spacecraft, called Global-1, is the first of four SmallSats that are scheduled to launch in the next year on both US and foreign launch vehicles.

The Global series of spacecraft builds on BlackSky’s initial technology demonstration spacecraft, called Pathfinder, which was launched in September 2016. BlackSky Global plans to deploy 60 satellites, each weighing 50 kilograms at launch, into LEO. Satellites will orbit between 40° and 55° (N and S) latitude. The larger size compared to other small satellite constellations gives BlackSky the ability to sell images with 1-meter resolution. The satellites will also be large enough to accommodate a propulsion system, enabling them to stay in orbit for three years.

BlackSky will develop software that enables customers to use its satellites to take images. Customers will be able to send commands directly over the Internet, a capability BlackSky says will increase convenience and flexibility. The software will also enable minimal latency between sending commands and receiving imagery.

While the first four satellites will be built by BlackSky itself, the remaining 56 will be built by a joint venture formed between BlackSky, Thales Alenia Space, and Telespazio. Thales Alenia Space is a leader in small satellite production, acting as a prime contractor for programs such as LeoSat.

Source:  Business Wire
Associated URL: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180306005080/en/BlackSky-Completes-Next-Generation-Earth-Imaging-Smallsat-Readies
Source Date: March 7, 2018
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 03/07/2018

 

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