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Capella 1 (Capella Denali)

Capella 1 [Capella Space]

Capella Space of California is developing the Capella Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites. They are planned to operate in a 30 satellite constellation

The satellites feature an X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) with resolution of 0.5 m to provide all-weather imagery using an origami-like antenna that unfolds to almost 100 square feet.

The first satellite, Capella 1, Denali or SpaceCap, was launched on Spaceflight Industry's SSO-A multi-satellite launch on a Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) rocket.

The first satellite will strictly be a technology demonstration mission, but two more scheduled for launch in 2019 will start providing SAR imagery. The full constellation of 36 satellites establishes a symmetrical 12-plane, high-revisit constellation, which will provide hourly imagery of any location on Earth.

The Capella-2 (Sequoia) and following satellites are to be of an improved and enlarged design.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Earth observation, radar
Operator: Capella Space
Contractors: Capella Space
Equipment: X-band SAR
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: < 40 kg
Orbit: 573 km × 591 km, 97.77
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Capella 1 (Denali, SpaceCap) 2018-099AK 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, BlackSky 2, ESEO, Hawk A, B, C, 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


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