BlackSky Satellite

BlackSky satellite is muscling into the smallsat game with 85-cm to 1.3-m resolution imagery and an ever-expanding constellation.

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BlackSky Satellite Imagery Samples

BlackSky Global Series 89-cm Natural Color – Santiago, Chile; January 14, 2021
BlackSky Global Series 89-cm Natural Color – Santiago, Chile; January 14, 2021
BlackSky Global Series 94-cm Natural Color – Brisbane, Australia; January 14, 2021
BlackSky Global Series 94-cm Natural Color – Brisbane, Australia; January 14, 2021
BlackSky Global Series 85-cm Natural Color – Orapa Diamond Mine, Botswana; January 14, 2021
BlackSky Global Series 87-cm Natural Color – Boddington Gold Mine, Australia; January 14, 2021

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The BlackSky Advantage

Global Monitoring
BlackSky’s constellation of satellites offers multiple collections per day for monitoring applications.

High-Resolution SmallSats
With 85-cm to 1.3-m resolution and competitive pricing, no smallsat is doing it better.

Growing Collection Capability
BlackSky is regularly manufacturing their Global smallsats, expanding available collection capability beyond competitors.

Overview & HistoryBlackSky SpecificationsPricing

BlackSky, based in Seattle, Washington, launched its first commercial smallsat in the Global series on November 29, 2018 followed by five more satellites through 2020. At 44 kilograms (kg), the satellites are small, fast to manufacture, and use an innovative water-based propulsion system. The first Global satellites were placed into orbit at 450 to 580 kilometers (km), giving them a three-year lifespan and about 1-meter resolution. As their orbits lower, they’ll increase in resolution. Subsequent launches of Global smallsats were placed at a lower altitude to start, allowing them to collect 85-centimer (cm) resolution.

By the end of 2021, BlackSky plans to launch ten more Global satellites, more than doubling their current capacity. Their constellation offers multiple collections per day at high resolution, making it an ideal solution for global monitoring in time-sensitive situations.

Launch Details
  • Launch Date:
    • Global 1 – November 29, 2018, 03:42 UTC
    • Global 2 – December 3, 2018, 18:34 UTC
    • Global 3 – June 29, 2019, 04.30 UTC
    • Global 4 – August 19, 2019, 12:12 UTC
    • Global 7/8 – August 7, 2020, 05:12 UTC
    • Global 9 – March 22, 2021, 22:30 UTC
  • Vehicle:
    • Global 1 – PSLV-C35
    • Global 2 – SpaceX Falcon-9
    • Global 3 – Rocket Lab Electron
    • Global 4 – Rocket Lab Electron
    • Global 7/8 – SpaceX Falcon-9
    • Global 9 – Rocket Lab Electron
  • Site:
    • Global 1 – Satish Dhawan Space Center, ISRO, India
    • Global 2 – SpaceX Falcon-9, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA
    • Global 3 – Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
    • Global 4 – Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
    • Global 7/8 – LC-39A, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA
    • Global 9 – Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

BlackSky Global Components
  • Satellite Weight: 44 kg
  • Control Systems: electro-thermal propulsion system
  • Optical Sensor Assembly: CCD camera with color filter array

Orbit Characteristics
  • Average Altitude:
    • Global 1 – 480 km
    • Global 2 – 580 km
    • Global 3 – 450 km
    • Global 4 – 530 km
    • Global 7/8/9 – 410 km
  • Period: 92 to 94 minutes
  • Inclination
    • Global 1 – 97.5°
    • Global 2 – 97.7°
    • Global 3 – 45°
    • Global 4 – 45°
    • Global 7/8/9 – 53°
  • Direction: Global 1/2, sun-synchronous orbit; rest of Global constellation, inclined orbit
  • Equatorial Crossing Time (approximate; across lit side of Earth; sun-synchronous orbits only):
    • Global 1 – 10:26 AM local time
    • Global 2 – 10:19 AM local time
  • Revisit Frequency: multiple intra-day collections as possible

Imaging System
  • Spectral Bands:
    • Panchromatic
    • 3-band multispectral (blue, green and red)
  • Sensor Resolution: (at nadir)
    • Global 1 – 1-m
    • Global 2 – 1.3-m
    • Global 3 – 97-cm
    • Global 4 – 1.1-m
    • Global 7/8 – 85-cm
    • Global 9 – 94-cm
  • Spectral Band Wavelength Range: (in nm)
    • Panchromatic – 450 to 700
    • Blue – 450 to 520
    • Green – 500 to 590
    • Red – 590 to 700
  • Dynamic Range: 12-bits

Collection Capabilities
  • Image Footprint:
    • Global 1 – 40 km²
    • Global 2 – 59 km²
    • Global 3 – 26 km²
    • Global 4 – 46 km²
    • Global 7/8/9 – 26 km²
  • Daily Collection Capacity: 3 images per minute per satellite (depends on competition, order priority and regional importance)
  • Georeferenced Horizontal Accuracy: < 20m CE90 (global average; depends on terrain and nadir pointing)

Below is the least expensive BlackSky Global data offered. Prices increase for new collections and data processing. Note that volume discounts are available.

For an exact quote, please contact our Sales Team at [email protected].