BlackSky Pathfinder 1 [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 Block 1 Pathfinder satellites are capable to take up to 20 images per day in stills mode in four bands.
Four more improved satellites named BlackSky Global 1 to 4 will follow in 2018.
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.
|Type / Application:||Earth Observation|
|Contractors:||Spaceflight Services (prime); Exelis (Imager)|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||661 km × 703 km, 98.20° (#P1)|
|BlackSky Pathfinder 1||2016-059E||26.09.2016||Sr FLP||PSLV-G (3)||with SCATSAT 1, AlSat 1B, AlSat 2B, Pratham, PISat, AlSat-Nano, CanX 7|
|BlackSky Pathfinder 2||-||2017||with ?, ITASAT 1, DIDO 1, ICE-Cap, OCSD B, OCSD C, PropCube 2|