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BlackSky Global 1, ..., 60

BlackSky Global [Spaceflight Services]

The BlackSky constellation of 1 m resolution earth observation microsatellites will be deployed by BlackSky Global.

The satellites feature the SpaceView-24 imaging system built by Harris Corp.'s Exelis with an apperture of 24 cm It has a ground resolution of 0.9 - 1.1 m from an orbital height of 500 km. They have a onboard propulsion for a 3 year orbital life. The satellites are built by Spaceflight Services based on their SCOUT bus.

The operational Block 2 satellites feature some improvements over the Block 1 Pathfinder satellites. They have increased solar arrays and can image in in four bands and panchromatic mode. Each can produce 1000 images per day, bot hin stills or video mode.

The first four satellites named BlackSky Global 1 to 4 will follow in 2018 on a multi-satellite launch on a Falcon-9 v1.2 rocket to form the backbone of the operational constellation.

A full constellation of 60 satellites is planned for 2019 that will be replaced every three years. The first six satellites have been funded by September 2015. In September 2017 it was announced, that a joint venture with Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio to build and operate a constellation of 60 fast-revisit, high-resolution Earth-observation satellites and establish a new smallsat manufacturing facility in the United States.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Earth Observation
Operator: BlackSky Global
Contractors: Spaceflight Services (prime); Exelis (Imager) (#1-4); Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio (#5-60)
Equipment: SpaceView-24 imager
Configuration: SCOUT bus
Propulsion: ?
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 3 years
Mass: 55 kg
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Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
BlackSky Global 1 - 2018 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 with SkySat 14, SkySat 15, Eu:CROPIS, ORS 6, STPSat 5, NEXTSat 1, KazSTSAT, ICEYE X1, BlackSky Global 1, ..., 4, HawkEye Pathfinder 1, 2, 3, COPPER 2, MinXSS 2, Audacy Zero, Fox 1C, KNACKSAT, Elysium-Star 2, JY1-Sat, ?
BlackSky Global 2 - 2018 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 with SkySat 14, SkySat 15, Eu:CROPIS, ORS 6, STPSat 5, NEXTSat 1, KazSTSAT, ICEYE X1, BlackSky Global 1, ..., 4, HawkEye Pathfinder 1, 2, 3, COPPER 2, MinXSS 2, Audacy Zero, Fox 1C, KNACKSAT, Elysium-Star 2, JY1-Sat, ?
BlackSky Global 3 - 2018 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 with SkySat 14, SkySat 15, Eu:CROPIS, ORS 6, STPSat 5, NEXTSat 1, KazSTSAT, ICEYE X1, BlackSky Global 1, ..., 4, HawkEye Pathfinder 1, 2, 3, COPPER 2, MinXSS 2, Audacy Zero, Fox 1C, KNACKSAT, Elysium-Star 2, JY1-Sat, ?
BlackSky Global 4 - 2018 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 with SkySat 14, SkySat 15, Eu:CROPIS, ORS 6, STPSat 5, NEXTSat 1, KazSTSAT, ICEYE X1, BlackSky Global 1, ..., 4, HawkEye Pathfinder 1, 2, 3, COPPER 2, MinXSS 2, Audacy Zero, Fox 1C, KNACKSAT, Elysium-Star 2, JY1-Sat, ?
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