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BlackSky Global 1, 2, 3, 4

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.

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.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Earth Observation
Operator: BlackSky Global
Contractors: Spaceflight Services (prime); Exelis (Imager)
Equipment: SpaceView-24 imager
Configuration: SCOUT bus
Propulsion: ?
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 3 years
Mass: 55 kg
Orbit:
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, ICEYE 1, BlackSky Global 2, BlackSky Global 3, BlackSky Global 4, HawkEye Pathfinder 1, HawkEye Pathfinder 2, HawkEye Pathfinder 3, Fox 1C, KNACKSAT, Elysium-Star 2, ?
BlackSky Global 2 - 2018 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 with SkySat 14, SkySat 15, Eu:CROPIS, ORS 6, STPSat 5, NEXTSat 1, ICEYE 1, BlackSky Global 1, BlackSky Global 3, BlackSky Global 4, HawkEye Pathfinder 1, HawkEye Pathfinder 2, HawkEye Pathfinder 3, Fox 1C, KNACKSAT, Elysium-Star 2, ?
BlackSky Global 3 - 2018 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 with SkySat 14, SkySat 15, Eu:CROPIS, ORS 6, STPSat 5, NEXTSat 1, ICEYE 1, BlackSky Global 1, BlackSky Global 2, BlackSky Global 4, HawkEye Pathfinder 1, HawkEye Pathfinder 2, HawkEye Pathfinder 3, Fox 1C, KNACKSAT, Elysium-Star 2, ?
BlackSky Global 4 - 2018 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 with SkySat 14, SkySat 15, Eu:CROPIS, ORS 6, STPSat 5, NEXTSat 1, ICEYE 1, BlackSky Global 1, BlackSky Global 2, BlackSky Global 3, HawkEye Pathfinder 1, HawkEye Pathfinder 2, HawkEye Pathfinder 3, Fox 1C, KNACKSAT, Elysium-Star 2, ?

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