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Capella 2, ..., 7 (Sequoia, Whitney)

Capella 2 [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 improved satellites are about twice as large as the Capella 1 (Denali) prototype to accommodate a bigger sensor aperture for the X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) that can provide high-contrast, low-noise high-resolution sub-0.5 meter imagery. For this, it features a new 3.5 meter aperture deployed mesh-based reflector antenna.

The second satellite, Capella 2 or Sequoia, was launched as the prime passenger on a on an Electron Photon-LEO rocket into a 45 orbit at a nominal altitude of 525 km in late August 2020.

Two more satellites Capella 3 and 4, the first batch of the six satellite Whitney sub-constellation, flew in January 2021 on a multi-satellite ride-share Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) launch.

Two more satellites Capella 5 and 6, the second batch of the Whitney sub-constellation, are to fly in April 2021 on a Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5).

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Earth observation, radar
Operator: Capella Space
Contractors: Capella Space
Equipment: X-band SAR
Configuration:
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 112 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Capella 2 (Capella Sequoia) 2020-060B 31.08.2020 OnS LC-1A Electron Photon-LEO with First Light
Capella 3 (Capella Whitney 1) 2021-006CE 24.01.2021 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Starlink v1.0 R1-1, ..., R1-10, QPS-SAR 2, Capella 4, ICEYE X8, X9, XR 1, GHGSat C2, Hawk 2A, 2B, 2C, Sherpa-FX 1, ION-SCV 002, AII-Charlie, Hiber 4, ASELSAT, PIXL 1, SOMP 2b, IDEASSat, YUSAT 1, UVSQ-SAT, V-R3x 1, 2, 3, Flock-4s 1, ..., 48, Kepler 8, ..., 15, Astrocast 0101, ..., 0105, SpaceBEE 40, ..., 75, Lemur-2 130, ..., 137, PTD 1, Prometheus-2 10, ARCE 1A, 1B, 1C
Capella 4 (Capella Whitney 2) 2021-006BW 24.01.2021 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Starlink v1.0 R1-1, ..., R1-10, QPS-SAR 2, Capella 3, ICEYE X8, X9, XR 1, GHGSat C2, Hawk 2A, 2B, 2C, Sherpa-FX 1, ION-SCV 002, AII-Charlie, Hiber 4, ASELSAT, PIXL 1, SOMP 2b, IDEASSat, YUSAT 1, UVSQ-SAT, V-R3x 1, 2, 3, Flock-4s 1, ..., 48, Kepler 8, ..., 15, Astrocast 0101, ..., 0105, SpaceBEE 40, ..., 75, Lemur-2 130, ..., 137, PTD 1, Prometheus-2 10, ARCE 1A, 1B, 1C
Capella 5 (Capella Whitney 3) - 2021 CC Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Starlink v1.0 Lx-1, ..., Lx-xx, Capella 6
Capella 6 (Capella Whitney 4) - 2021 CC Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Starlink v1.0 Lx-1, ..., Lx-xx, Capella 5
Capella 7 (Capella Whitney 5) - 202x
Capella 8 (Capella Whitney 6) - 202x

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