Skybox Imaging selects SSL to build 13 Low Earth Orbit imaging satellites
PALO ALTO, CA, Feb. 10, 2014 /CNW/ – Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced it was awarded a contract by Skybox Imaging to build an advanced constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites
for Earth imaging. The contract award helps SSL, which is best known
for its high-power geostationary communications satellites, to further
expand its capabilities building LEO imaging satellites and solutions.
SSL will build 13 small LEO satellites, each about 60 x 60 x 95
centimeters and weighing roughly 120 kilograms, to be launched in 2015
and 2016. These satellites, based on a Skybox design, will capture
sub-meter color imagery and up to 90-second clips of HD video with 30
frames per second. Once the 13 satellites are launched, Skybox will be
able to revisit any point on Earth three times per day.
“With the successful launch of SkySat-1 in November 2013 we validated
our high-performance imaging satellite design and economics,” said
Michael Trela, vice president of satellite systems, Skybox Imaging. “By
partnering with SSL, we can leverage their unique production
capabilities to scale with greater cost-efficiency and speed while
allowing us to focus on prototyping next generation systems to better
serve our customers.”
“The contract award from Skybox is tangible evidence of our success in
working with MDA to expand into new markets,” said John Celli,
president of SSL. “Based on SSL’s unique strengths as a satellite
manufacturer and MDA’s heritage, we are developing new capabilities
that will enable us to pursue other Earth observation and LEO satellite
opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.”
As part of the agreement, Skybox granted SSL an exclusive license to the
satellite design. This provides SSL with a unique platform to address
the growing demand for small satellites and related services.
About Skybox Imaging
Skybox Imaging (Skybox) empowers global businesses to make better
decisions with timely, high fidelity imagery and infinite analytics. By
combining the power of web technologies and a constellation of
high-resolution imaging satellites, Skybox is generating a unique data
source describing daily global activity with timely, accessible,
sub-meter color imagery and high definition video of the Earth. Founded
in 2009, Skybox Imaging is backed by leading venture firms and
comprised of internet and aerospace professionals. For more
information, visit www.skybox.com.
SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, has a long history of delivering reliable
satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government
customers around the world. As a leading provider of commercial
satellites, the company works closely with satellite operators to
provide spacecraft for a broad range of services including television
and radio distribution, digital audio radio, broadband Internet, and
mobile communications. Billions of people around the world depend on
SSL satellites every day. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.
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