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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 aperture 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, both in stills or video mode.

The first four satellites named BlackSky Global 1 to 4 followed in 2018 and 2019 on four seperate launches, a PSLV, a Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) and two Electron KS rockets, 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 will operate a constellation of 60 fast-revisit, high-resolution Earth-observation satellites. The satellites will be built by LeoStella LLC, a joint venture between Spaceflight Industries and Thales Alenia Space, which will establish a new smallsat manufacturing facility in the United States. LeoStella is under contract to deliver 20 satellites to establish and maintain an initial constellation of 16 satellites.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Earth Observation
Operator: BlackSky Global
Contractors: Spaceflight Services (prime); Exelis (Imager) (#1-4); LeoStella LLC (#5-24)
Equipment: SpaceView-24 imager
Configuration: SCOUT bus
Propulsion: ?
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 3 years
Mass: 56 kg
Orbit: 478 km × 499 km, 97.48 (#1); 577 km × 591 km, 97.77 (#2)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
BlackSky Global 1 2018-096M 29.11.2018 Sr FLP PSLV-CA with HySIS, Flock-3r 1, ..., 16, Lemur-2 84, ..., 87, CICERO 8, Hiber 1, HSAT 1, CASE, Centauri 2, FACSAT 1, InnoSat 2, Reaktor Hello World, 3Cat 1
BlackSky Global 2 2018-099BG 03.12.2018 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with SkySat 14, 15, Eu:CROPIS, STPSat 5, FalconSat 6, NEXTSat 1, KazSTSAT, eXCITe, SeeMe, ICEYE X2, ESEO, Hawk A, B, C, Capella 1, AISTECHSAT 2, CSIM-FD, Hiber 2, ITASAT 1, Landmapper-BC 4, ORS 7A, 7B, Al-Farabi 2, Astrocast 0.1, Audacy 0, BRIO, Centauri 1, Eaglet 1, Enoch, Flock-3s 1, 2, 3, K2SAT, KazSciSat 1, MinXSS 2, Orbital Reflector, RAAF M1, SeaHawk 1, SNUSAT 2, THEA, VESTA, PW-Sat 2, SNUGLITE, VisionCube, RANGE A, B, Elysium-Star 2, ExseedSat 1, Fox 1C, Irvine 02, JY1-Sat, KNACKSAT, MOVE 2, SpaceBEE 5, 6, 7, Suomi-100, WeissSat 1, Sirion Pathfinder 2, OrbWeaver 1, 2, SPAWAR-CAL O, OR, R
BlackSky Global 3 2019-037C 29.06.2019 OnS LC-1A Electron KS with Painani 1, Prometheus 2.7, Prometheus 2.9, ACRUX 1, SpaceBEE 8, 9
BlackSky Global 4 2019-054E 19.08.2019 OnS LC-1A Electron KS with BRO 1, Pearl White 1, Pearl White 2
BlackSky Global 5 - 2021 Sr FLP SSLV with BlackSky Global 6, 9, 10
BlackSky Global 6 - 2021 Sr FLP SSLV with BlackSky Global 5, 9, 10
BlackSky Global 7 2020-055BP 07.08.2020 CCK LC-39A Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Starlink v1.0 9-1, ..., 9-57, BlackSky Global 8
BlackSky Global 8 2020-055BQ 07.08.2020 CCK LC-39A Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Starlink v1.0 9-1, ..., 9-57, BlackSky Global 7
BlackSky Global 9 - 2021 Sr FLP SSLV with BlackSky Global 5, 6, 10
BlackSky Global 10 - 2021 Sr FLP SSLV with BlackSky Global 5, 6, 9
BlackSky Global 11 - 2020 with ?, BlackSky Global 12
BlackSky Global 12 - 2020 with ?, BlackSky Global 11
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