BackForward Satellite Programme: BlackSky Global Commercial Imaging Constellation 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Constellation of 60 satellites for high-resolution land observation.
  • Commercial undertaking.  Programme responsible: BlackSky Global (BSG), Seattle, Washington, USA.  Satellites built by Spaceflight Industries, Seattle.  Partnership with Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio.  Also partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
  • 3-axis platform, design lifetime 3 years.
  • Operations up to at least 2027
  • A mix of sunsynchronous orbits around 500 km with ECT around 10:30 and drifting orbits. Information about individual satellite orbits are not available.
Data circulation
Agencies BSG
Programme lifetime 2018 - 2026
Associated satellites and instruments

Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned