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StriX α

StriX α [Synspective]

StriX α is Japanese synthetic aperture radar satellite built by Synspective as a demonstrator for their planned 25 satellite constellation. It will feature an X-band synthetic aperture radar.

StriX α is a 150 kg satellite, larger than the planned 100 kg operational satellites. The satellite features two deployable panes, one side carrying solar cells, the other carrying the X-band radar antenna.

The launch of the StriX α prototype was originally planned for 2020 on an Arianespace Vega booster on a shared mission. The lauch was moved to a Rocket Labs Electron KS in late 2020.

Synspective is planning a constellation of 25 satellites called StriX, comprised of 100-kilogram satellites capable of imaging at a resolution of one to three meters. By 2022 the company plans to have six satellites in orbit. The company has not set a date by which it hopes to achieve 25 satellites.

Nation: Japan
Type / Application: Earth observation, radar
Operator: Synspective
Contractors: Synspective
Equipment: X-band Radar
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Mass: 150 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
StriX α - 2020 OnS LC-1A Electron KS
Further StriX missions: