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Carbonite 1, 2 (CBNT 1, 2 / VividX2)

Carbonite 1 [SSTL]

Carbonite 1 or CBNT 1 is a microsatellite for technology demostrations built by SSTL.

The mission is to test some technical EO capabilities, new process and rapid-build techniques. Carbonite uses a commercial off-the-shelf camera and 0.25 m telescope to acquire videos and still pictures of Earth. Both modes show features on the ground down to a size of 1.5 m. The telescope can be disassembled and integrated into a new specially designed framework in 5 days.

The satellite also incorporates an Icarus-3 drag sail from Cranfield University, which will be deployed at the end of its mission to accelerate deorbiting.

The 91 kg satellite was launched piggy-back on an Indian PSLV-XL launch vehicle.

The Carbonite 2 satellite, also known as VividX2 (formerly called EiX2), features enhanced avionics to provide increased data storage, faster data downlink, improved pointing accuracy, and a full colour HD video camera. It waslaunched in early 2018 serves as the prototype for Eath-i's Vivid-i constellation. Apparently the Royal Air Force (RAF) it the exclusive customer for image data from this satellite.

Nation: UK
Type / Application: Technology, Earth observation
Operator: SSTL
Contractors: SSTL
Configuration: SSTL-42
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 91 kg (#1); 100 kg (#2)
Orbit: 636 km × 658 km, 98.05 (#1); 493 km × 505 km, 97.56 (#2)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Carbonite 1 (CBNT 1) 2015-032D 10.07.2015 Sr FLP PSLV-XL with DMC-3 1, DMC-3 2, DMC-3 3, DeOrbitSail
Carbonite 2 (CBNT 2, EiX2, VividX2) 2018-004E 12.01.2018 Sr FLP PSLV-XL with Cartosat 2F, Microsat-TD, LEO Vantage 1, ICEYE X1, INS 1C, Arkyd 6A, CICERO 7, Landmapper-BC 3 v2, Lemur-2 68, ..., 71, Flock-3p' 1, ..., 4, MicroMAS 2a, PicSat, CANYVAL-X 1, 2, CNUSail 1, KAUSAT 5, SIGMA, DemoSat 2, Tyvak 61C, Fox 1D, STEP Cube Lab, SpaceBEE 1, ..., 4


Further Vivid-i missions: