BlackSky LEO satellite constellation
|Launch operators:||Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)|
|Expected lifetime:||3 Years|
BlackSky is a leading provider of real-time geospatial intelligence and monitors activities and facilities worldwide by harnessing the world’s emerging sensor networks and leveraging its own satellite constellation. The company plans a 60-satellite constellation, which would offer 1m resolution and rapid satellite revisit rates.
The satellite constellation is currently being built by SmallSat manufacturer LeoStella, LLC, a joint venture between Spaceflight Industries and Thales Alenia Space. The BlackSky Pathfinder-1 micro-satellite was an Earth imaging satellite that was built by LeoStella as a demonstration satellite for BlackSky Global. Pathfinder-1 was equipped with payloads from Harris Corp. designed to image an area of approx. 4.4 by 6.6km (2.7 by 4.1mile). The satellite was launched on 26 September 2016 on a PSLV launch vehicle operated by ISRO from India.
The spacecraft of the constellation will be launched into orbits of about 450 km to achieve high-resolution imagery of 1m GSD (Ground Sample Distance). The microsatellites have a mass of about 44kgs and they will be equipped with a propulsion system to stay in orbit for about 3 years.
The first launch of BlackSky’s Gen-2 satellites started in 2018 by launching Global-1 and Global-2 with the SSO-A mission on a Falcon 9 rocket operated by SpaceX, using the SHERPA satellite dispenser.
Various launches were executed in the following months and years by reputed launch operators orbiting BlackSky’s satellites:
|Satellite||Mission||Launch Date||Launcher||Launch Operator|
|Global-1||SSO-A||02-Dec-18||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Global-2||SSO-A||02-Dec-18||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Global-3||Make-it-Rain||29-June-19||Electron||Rocket Lab NZ|
|Global-4||Look-Ma, No-Hands||19-Aug-19||Electron||Rocket Lab NZ|
|Global-5||Starlink-10 rideshare||07-Aug-20||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Global-6||Starlink-10 rideshare||07-Aug-20||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Global-7||They-Go-Up-So-Fast||23-Mar-21||Photon||Rocket Lab NZ|
|Global-8||failed||15-May-21||Electron||Rocket Lab NZ|
|Global-9||failed||15-May-21||Electron||Rocket Lab NZ|
|Global-10||Love-at-First-Insight||18-Nov-21||Electron||Rocket Lab NZ|
|Global-11||Love-at-First-Insight||18-Nov-21||Electron||Rocket Lab NZ|
|Global-12||Starlink Group 4-3||03-Dec-21||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Global-13||Starlink Group 4-3||03-Dec-21||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Global-14||A-Data-With-Destiny||09-Dec-21||Electron||Rocket Lab NZ|
|Global-15||A-Data-With-Destiny||09-Dec-21||Electron||Rocket Lab NZ|
|Global-16||Without-Mission-A-Beat||02-Apr-22||Electron||Rocket Lab NZ|
|Global-17||Without-Mission-A-Beat||02-Apr-22||Electron||Rocket Lab NZ|