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Blacksky Pathfinder 1


Designation 41787 / 16059E
Launch date 26 Sep 2016
Country of origin United States
Mission Technology
Perigee/Apogee 668/710 km
Inclination 98.2°
Period 99.4 min
Launch vehicle PSLV #38

Demo satellite for the US company Blacksky aiming to develop a constellation (60 satellites) of 1m resolution earth observation satellites.
The Blacksky satellites will be built by LeoStella (a joint venture between Spaceflight Industries and Thales Alenia Space). They will use water thrusters.

3 years lifetime, 1m resolution (0.24 m telescope). 56 kg at launch

The first 4 operational satellites should be launched in 2019. Support operations will be provided by Atlas, a company providing a global antenna network. https://www.atlasground.com/

External resources

sat-index articles

n2yo.com tracking

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