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BlackSky Global 1, 2, 3, 4 / BlackSky Pathfinder 1, 2

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 first two satellites, BlackSky Pathfinder 1 and 2 will be launched into a synchroneous orbits on multi satellite launches on a PSLV-G (3) in September 2016 and a Falcon-9 v1.2 later in 2016.

Four more satellites named BlackSky Global 1 to 4 will follow in 2017.

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: 44 kg
Orbit: 450 km SSO; 661 km × 703 km, 98.20 (#P1)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
BlackSky Global 1 - 2017 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, ?
BlackSky Global 2 - 2017 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, ?
BlackSky Global 3 - 2017 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, ?
BlackSky Global 4 - 2017 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, ?
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 ?, Arkyd 6A, Corvus-BC 3, EcAMSat, ITASAT 1, CNUSail 1, DIDO 1, ICE-Cap, ISARA, KAUSAT 5, SIGMA, CANYVAL-X 1, CANYVAL-X 2, STEP Cube Lab, OCSD B, OCSD C, PropCube 2

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