A new year brings a new small satellite offering from Apollo Mapping. We’ve partnered with BlackSky to bring more high-frequency satellite imagery to our customers. With seven Global series satellite launches since 2018, and plans to launch nine more in 2021, BlackSky is establishing itself as a major player in the high-resolution smallsat market.
With resolutions varying from 85-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.
Now it’s time to explore some of the features that differentiate BlackSky’s Global constellation:
- Spectral Bands
- 3-band multispectral (blue, green and red)
- Sensor Resolution
- Global 1 – 1-m panchromatic, 4-m multispectral
- Global 2 – 1.3-m panchromatic, 5.2-m multispectral
- Global 3 – 97-cm panchromatic, 3.88-m multispectral
- Global 4 – 1.1-m panchromatic, 4.4-m multispectral
- Global 7/8/9 – 85-cm panchromatic, 3.4-m multispectral
- 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 7/8/9 – 26 km²
- 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 [email protected]!