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3-Diamonds 1, 2, 3

3-Diamonds [Sky and Space Global]

The three 3 Diamonds satellites are a pathfinders of 3U CubeSat size for Sky and Space Global's 200 Satellite LEO constellation.

Sky and Space Global is planning a network of nanosatellites for narrowband communications that it expects will cost $160 million or less to complete in total. The company, located in the U.K., Israel and Australia, has fully funded the first three satellites to precede an initial constellation of 200 nanosatellites. The initial constellation will focus on equatorial coverage from 15 degrees south latitude to 15 degrees north.

The three pathfinder cubesats are under construction by GOMSpace.

The three pathfinder satellites are to be launched in 1Q 2017 as secondary payloads on an Indian PSLV-XL. For the constellation, Sky and Space Global has contracted four launches of Virgin Galctics LauncherOne with an unspecified number of satellites into a low inclination orbit.

In September 2017, the company announced, they have used the three pathfinder satellites to transmit a voice call, as well as text and images.

Nation: U.K., Israel, Australia
Type / Application: Communications
Operator: Sky and Space Global
Contractors: GOMSpace
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 6 kg
Orbit: 496 km × 511 km, 97.45
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Blue Diamond 2017-036X 23.06.2017 Sr FLP PSLV-XL with Cartosat 2E, NIUSAT, CE-SAT 1, Max Valier Sat, Venta 1, CICERO 6, Lemur-2 34, ..., 41, Green Diamond, Red Diamond, COMPASS 2, InflateSail, LituanicaSAT 2, URSA MAIOR, NUDTSat, Pegasus, UCLSat, VZLUsat 1, D-Sat, PACSCISAT, Aalto 1, ROBUSTA 1B, SUCHAI, skCUBE
Green Diamond 2017-036W 23.06.2017 Sr FLP PSLV-XL with Cartosat 2E, NIUSAT, CE-SAT 1, Max Valier Sat, Venta 1, CICERO 6, Lemur-2 34, ..., 41, Blue Diamond, Red Diamond, COMPASS 2, InflateSail, LituanicaSAT 2, URSA MAIOR, NUDTSat, Pegasus, UCLSat, VZLUsat 1, D-Sat, PACSCISAT, Aalto 1, ROBUSTA 1B, SUCHAI, skCUBE
Red Diamond 2017-036U 23.06.2017 Sr FLP PSLV-XL with Cartosat 2E, NIUSAT, CE-SAT 1, Max Valier Sat, Venta 1, CICERO 6, Lemur-2 34, ..., 41, Blue Diamond, Green Diamond, COMPASS 2, InflateSail, LituanicaSAT 2, URSA MAIOR, NUDTSat, Pegasus, UCLSat, VZLUsat 1, D-Sat, PACSCISAT, Aalto 1, ROBUSTA 1B, SUCHAI, skCUBE