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Capella 2, 3, 4, 5 (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 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-noisehigh-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, will be launched as a co-passenger on a Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) rocket in March 2020.

Three more satellites Capella 3, 4 and 5, the first batch of the Whitney sub-constellation, are to fly on an Indian PSLV in 2020.

Another satellite is planned for a launch in May 2020 on an Electron KS rocket into a 45 orbit at a nominal altitude of 525 km.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Earth observation, radar
Operator: Capella Space
Contractors: Capella Space
Equipment: X-band SAR
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: ~100 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Capella 2 (Sequoia) - 2020 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with SAOCOM 1B, GNOMES 1
Capella 3 (Whitney 1) - 2020 Sr PSLV with ?, Capella 4, Capella 5
Capella 4 (Whitney 2) - 2020 Sr PSLV with ?, Capella 3, Capella 5
Capella 5 (Whitney 3) - 2020 Sr PSLV with ?, Capella 3, Capella 4
Capella x (Whitney x) - 2020 OnS LC-1 Electron KS
Capella y (Whitney y) - 2020
Capella z (Whitney z) - 2020