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Posted on February 7th, 2023

BlackSky’s Global SmallSats For Monitoring

We’ve partnered with BlackSky to bring more high-frequency satellite imagery to our customers. With multiple Global series satellite launches since 2018, and plans to launch more in 2022 and beyond, BlackSky is establishing itself as a major player in the high-resolution smallsat market.

An 85-cm color BlackSky Global sample collected over the Orapa Diamond Mine in Botswana. This image has been processed by Apollo Mapping for improved image clarity and colors. (Image Credit: BlackSky)

With resolutions varying from 83-centimeters (cm) to 1.3-meters (m), each smallsat offers both panchromatic and natural color capabilities. As a Global smallsat orbit degrades, the resolution increases over the satellite’s 3-year lifespan. These small, identical satellites are fast to manufacture, so we expect the BlackSky Global constellation to grow rapidly, making it an excellent choice for high-resolution monitoring projects. With so many satellites and the ability to collect multiple images in a single day, BlackSky is becoming the best solution for fast turnaround times and sub-weekly collections. No other satellite constellation compares to BlackSky’s resolution and revisit time.

Now it’s time to explore some of the features that differentiate BlackSky’s Global constellation:

  • Spectral Bands
    • Panchromatic
    • 3-band multispectral (blue, green and red)
  • Sensor Resolution
    • Global 1 – 1-m
    • Global 2 – 1.3-m
    • Global 3 – 97-cm
    • Global 4 – 1.1-m
    • Global 7/8 – 83-cm
    • Global 9 – 94-cm
    • Subsequent Global Generation 2 Satellites – 83-cm
  • Spectral Band Wavelength Range: (minimum, center, maximum edge; in nm)
    • Panchromatic – 450 to 700
    • Blue – 450 to 520
    • Green – 500 to 590
    • Red – 590 to 700
  • Image Footprint:
    • Global 1 – 40 km²
    • Global 2 – 59 km²
    • Global 3 – 26 km²
    • Global 4 – 46 km²
    • Global 7/8 – 26 km² (3.8-km x 5.6-km at minimum)
    • Global 9 – 33 km² (4.1-km x 6.2-km at minimum)
    • Subsequent Global Generation 2 Satellites – 26 km² (3.8-km x 5.6-km at minimum)
  • Daily Collection Capacity: 3 images per minute per satellite (depends on competition, order priority and regional importance)

As an added bonus, you can search for BlackSky Global coverage 24-hours a day by using Image Hunter – it’s the only search engine on the Internet where you can do this!

If you have any pricing requests, additional questions or would like a new price list with BlackSky imagery added in, send us an email at!

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