Capella Space’s next-generation satellites with improved imaging capabilities – SatNews
VSApella space, an Earth observation company, has unveiled several new features planned for its next-generation satellites, which further expand the company’s latest data offerings. This new generation of Capella satellites, called “Acadia” technology, will extend the existing Capella constellation to deliver the highest quality imagery, best ground resolution, and fastest command-to-delivery speeds available from any commercial SAR provider. .
Capella’s generation of Acadia satellites will unlock enhanced advanced technology to advance Capella’s industry-leading Earth imagery offerings, including:
- Better resolution with increased bandwidth: By increasing the radar bandwidth from 500 MHz to 700 MHz, Capella customers will benefit from industry-leading refined resolution, with slant range resolution improving to 0.214 m and range resolution on the ground at 0.31 m for standard aiming angles.
- Highest quality imaging with increased power: Capella customers are already accustomed to Capella’s high quality SAR images. With this new generation of satellites, the company further improves the image quality by increasing the power by more than 40%, depending on the increase in bandwidth. The combination of increased bandwidth and increased power further enhances Capella’s already high-end SAR products. This ensures that customers can see even more detail in Capella’s images and more accurately detect an even wider range of objects.
- From order to fastest delivery with improved payload downlink: Capella has already pioneered the use of GEO communications satellites for near real-time assignment of its satellites. In this next generation of satellites, upgrades to the payload downlink antenna will reduce the time between ground contact and imaging opportunities, improving delivery speed and enabling customers to access to even more imaging capability, directly from their own ground stations.
- Reduced latency with inter-satellite communications: The Acadia spacecraft will be equipped with optical communications terminals (OCTs). Capella is the first commercial SAR company to demonstrate Optical Inter-Satellite Links (OISL), compatible with the new National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA) and the new standards of the United States Space Development Agency (SDA). The high-speed links will allow Capella to significantly reduce collection-to-downlink latency for critical decision-making in the field.
“Capella’s Acadia satellite technology is the result of our team’s desire to push the boundaries of SAR and our commitment to technological innovation,” said Payam Banazadeh, CEO and Founder of Capella Space. “Since our first satellite launch, we have led the way in delivering timely, reliable, accessible and industry-leading SAR data. Our new class of Acadia satellites will deliver even higher resolution and quality, providing our customers around the world with the tools and information they need to take problem solving to the next level.
The Capella Space constellation currently provides industry-leading satellite capabilities, including a 10-minute payload duty cycle, which translates to five times the satellite imagery capacity than the leading competitor, and enough orbital diversity to allow customers to collect images more frequently, regardless of weather conditions. Capella is the first Earth observation company to activate the Inter-Satellite Data Relay System (IDRS), which allows customers to load a spacecraft in less than 15 minutes for emergency or surge operations and of landmark. Additionally, Capella leverages a fully automated scheduling, downlinking, and processing architecture and provides access via a user-driven, self-service job console.
The first of the Capella Acadia satellites is expected to launch in early 2023.