Capella Space announced 11-17-2016 they had purchased a launch spot and is scheduled to put its U.S. commercial Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite to be operational, in late 2017. At the Small Satellite Symposium Feb 2018. The CEO said, Capella Space missed their launch which gave them an opportunity to build and launch the next version of their satellite which will launch in “Q1 2018” Capella also announced a much larger a planned constellation of 48 SAR satellites. The information below from NASA Spaceflight would suggest Capella Space will launch date is in the latter half of 2018.

The guys at NASA Spaceflight found Capella Space’s ODAR “SpaceCap (Capella Space test satellite)” FCC ELC File Number 0066-EX-CN-2018 which says Capella Space’s launch will be on SpaceX Falcon 9 : Spaceflight SSO-A (Sun Synch Express) : NET Sep. 30, 2018.

“The Capella Satellites that are the subject of this application will operate in a sunsynchronous orbit. The first satellite launch will be on Spaceflight’s Sun Sync Express launch vehicle, also known as Sun Synchronous Orbit-A (SSO-A), with a nominal altitude of 575 km and a Local Time of Descending Node (“LTDN”) of 10:30 a.m. There is a possibility the first launch will be switched to the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (“PSLV”), with a sun-synchronous orbit at a 550-600 km altitude and a LTDN of 12:00 p.m. Should Capella decide to switch the first satellite launch from the SSO-A to the PSLV, then Capella will notify the Federal Communications Commission of its decision. The second satellite launch will be on the PSLV9, with a nominal altitude of 630 km and a LTDN of 10:00a.m.”


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