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Arkyd-100 (Ceres)

Arkyd-100 [Planetary Resources]

The Ceres or Arkyd-100 Space Telescope will provide the Plantary Resources company with the core spacecraft technologies necessary for asteroid prospecting, while creating an usable earth resources The Arkyd-100 contains the critical structures, avionics, attitude determination and control, and instrumentation that enable low-cost asteroid exploration.

The Arkyd-100 Space Telescope provides views of the Earth’s surface and deep space, including the rich, virtually unexplored areas between Earth and the Sun. Central to its configuration and functionality is a precision imaging system. With arc-second resolution, the Arkyd-100 spacecraft camera will provide detailed celestial and Earth observations where you want them, and when you want them. The Arkyd-100 is capable of surveying for near-Earth asteroids during one orbit, then be retasked for rain forest observation on the next. The satellite uses infrared and hyperspectral imaging, providing 10 m hyperspectral and 15 m midwave unfrared resolution.

Planetary Resources is deploying a constellation of Arkyd 100 spacecraft in low-Earth orbit to deliver valuable information-rich data to markets today. With just 10 satellites, the Ceres constellation provides weekly hyperspectral and mid-wave infrared data for any spot on Earth at a lower cost than existing multispectral data. Furthermore, leveraging its revolutionary on-board processing power, the Ceres constellation can also be programmed on-board to search for and identify specific materials or temperature signatures – a capability that does not exist from satellites or drones today. Our system is also highly-intelligent and customizable. Ceres can send complete hyperspectral data cubes if required or can return specifically requested wavelengths, temperatures, or even simplified algorithmic “answers” about a target.

The first is planned to be launched in 2015. Later more are planned to create a constellation of ten satellites.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Earth observation, astronomy
Operator: Planetary Resources
Contractors: Planetary Resources
Equipment: Telescope
Configuration:
Propulsion: none
Power: Deployable fixed solar array, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 15 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Arkyd-100 1 (Ceres 1) - 201x with ?
Arkyd-100 2 (Ceres 2) - 201x with ?
Arkyd-100 3 (Ceres 3) - 201x with ?
Arkyd-100 4 (Ceres 4) - 201x with ?
Arkyd-100 5 (Ceres 5) - 201x with ?
Arkyd-100 6 (Ceres 6) - 201x with ?
Arkyd-100 7 (Ceres 7) - 201x with ?
Arkyd-100 8 (Ceres 8) - 201x with ?
Arkyd-100 9 (Ceres 9) - 201x with ?
Arkyd-100 10 (Ceres 10) - 201x with ?