Paris, 22 April 2021. – Virgin Orbit will launch a sequence of six hyperspectral LEO satellites for the protection and safety firm QinetiQ and the geospatial analytics firm HyperSat, Virgin Orbit stated. Virgin Orbit will present launch companies for every satellite tv for pc through its LauncherOne system.
The primary satellite tv for pc will launch no sooner than 2023 and can be capable to picture 500 spectral bands from the seen to shortwave infrared areas, with a floor pattern distance of 6m, the Californian firm stated. Subsequent satellites will provide longwave infrared pictures and extra functionality within the shortwave infrared area.
The excessive spatial and spectrum pixel decision accessible from its sensor payload will permit the satellites for use not solely in protection and safety purposes, but additionally for different business sectors, comparable to agriculture and insurance coverage, the place extremely correct Earth remark pictures can inform crucial choices.
HyperSat has awarded a design-phase contract to QinetiQ to develop the satellites and lead a staff of engineering and know-how organizations together with Redwire, Millennium Engineering and Integration, and Brandywine Photonics, Virgin Orbit stated