BlackSky - спутниковая группировка ДЗЗ

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ЦитатаКомпании BlackSky и Rocket Lab подписали соглашение о запусках
Компания BlackSky объявил о том, что он 25 марта подписал с компанией Rocket Lab контракт на выведение дополнительных восьми аппаратов. Сроком реализации контракта объявлен период до конца 2021 года.
С учетом вновь запускаемых аппаратов в группировку компании будет входить около 14 операционных спутников (желаемое число не менее 30). Ключевой особенностью нового контракта стало то, что ранее эти новые восемь спутников должны были быть запущены в 2022 году, однако поскольку BlackSky хотелось сделать это как можно раньше, то она воспользовалась предложением от Rocket Lab по осуществлению оперативного пуска.

ЦитатаRocket Lab Inks Deal to Launch Five Missions for BlackSky Constellation
Long Beach, California. 25 March 2021 - Rocket Lab, a global leader in launch and space systems, has today announced it will launch multiple missions to low Earth orbit for BlackSky, a leading provider of real-time geospatial intelligence and global monitoring services.
The multi-launch agreement with launch services provider Spaceflight Inc., who will manage the integration and launch services for BlackSky, includes the launch of nine BlackSky satellites across five Electron missions this year. The deal represents the largest number of satellites BlackSky has committed to a single launch provider to date and includes the successful launch of BlackSky's latest spacecraft on Rocket Lab's "They Go Up So Fast" rideshare mission earlier this week. 
Eight of BlackSky's 130 kg class satellites will be launched across four dedicated missions on Rocket Lab's Electron launch vehicle throughout 2021 in a demonstration of rapidly-acquired  launch services. This responsive launch capability supports the aggressive scaling of BlackSky's satellite constellation to meet the demand for real-time global monitoring and analysis services for public and private organizations. These satellites will join three existing BlackSky satellites launched by Rocket Lab's Electron launch vehicle across 2019 and on the most recent mission this week. The agreement also includes options for an additional two dedicated missions on Electron in Q4 2021. 
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Rocket Lab Founder and CEO, Peter Beck, says Electron's dedicated launch service provides the reliability and speed to space that is critical for companies like BlackSky building out their satellite constellations and growing their businesses.
"We're thrilled to be providing dedicated and reliable access to orbit for Spaceflight and its customer BlackSky. Electron puts our customers in control of their launch schedule and orbital deployment parameters, giving them more certainty in crucial business growth phases," said Mr. Beck. "By securing streamlined space access on Electron, BlackSky can focus on what matters most to their mission - providing real-time, actionable data to decision makers on the ground when they need it most."
Brian E. O'Toole, CEO of BlackSky, said: "Rocket Lab simplifies the path to orbit. Dedicated launch on Electron is the key enabler for us to rapidly develop our constellation on our own terms which is hugely important in unlocking more analytic and data-driven opportunities for our customers."

The BlackSky satellites join a busy launch manifest for Rocket Lab in 2021 which includes a scheduled dedicated mission for the U.S. Space Force, a mission to the Moon for NASA, and launches for a range of commercial customers. Rocket Lab's Electron launch vehicle is the second most frequently launched U.S. rocket annually since 2019, having deployed more than 100 satellites to space for commercial and government customers across 17 orbital missions. Electron has become a workhorse launch vehicle for the small satellite industry and provides uniquely targeted access to orbit for constellation satellites.   

The launch agreement follows on from a March 1 announcement that Rocket Lab USA, Inc. ("Rocket Lab") and Vector Acquisition Corporation (Nasdaq: VACQ) ("Vector"), a special purpose acquisition company backed by leading technology investor Vector Capital, have entered into a definitive merger agreement that will result in Rocket Lab becoming a publicly traded company. The transaction is estimated to be completed in Q2 2021 and, at that time, Vector will change its name to Rocket Lab USA, Inc. and the combined company is expected to trade under the Nasdaq ticker symbol RKLB.


Цитата: tnt22 от 23.07.2019 22:55:12
ЦитатаRocket Lab announces August launch with commercial and military satellites
July 23, 2019 | Stephen Clark

Rocket Lab's next launch from New Zealand in August will carry four small spacecraft into orbit for BlackSky's Earth-imaging constellation, the U.S. Air Force, and a French startup developing a fleet of maritime surveillance satellites, the company announced Monday.
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A two-stage Electron rocket, fitted with a Curie kick stage on top, will lift the four satellites into low Earth orbit several hundred miles above Earth. In a statement announcing the launch, Rocket Lab did not release the target altitude or inclination for the mission -- the company's fourth of the year.
Three of the satellites launching next month from New Zealand are riding to space through an agreement brokered by Spaceflight, a Seattle-based company that aggregates small satellites on rideshare missions.
A spokesperson for Spaceflight said the Electron rocket and Curie kick stage will inject the satellites into a 335-mile-high (540-kilometer) orbit inclined 45 degrees to the equator.

The fourth spacecraft in BlackSky's fleet of commercial Earth-observing microsatellites will launch on the Electron rocket, joining two satellites launched last year, and a third delivered to orbit on the most recent Rocket Lab mission June 29.

BlackSky is a sister company of Spaceflight, with aims to eventually build and launch 60 Earth-imaging satellites to enable frequent revisits over the same location to help analysts identify changes over short time cycles.

The first batch of BlackSky's surveillance satellites weigh around 123 pounds (56 kilograms), and each spacecraft can capture up to 1,000 color images per day, with a resolution of about 3 feet (1 meter).

After the launch of the BlackSky Global 4 satellite in August, BlackSky will begin deploying a new se t of 20 privately-funded optical surveillance satellites built in Washington by LeoStella, a joint venture between BlackSky's parent company Spaceflight Industries and Thales Alenia Space, a European satellite manufacturer.

BlackSky holds a contract with the National Reconnaissance Office, which owns the U.S. government's spy satellites, to allow government analysts to evaluate the utility of commercial imagery in intelligence-gathering and overhead surveillance...