BackForward Satellite Programme: Capella 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Constellation of satellites (36 at regime) for SAR imagery, proof-of-concept for a future operational constellation of microsatellites. 
  • Commercial programme implemented by Capella Space, Palo Alto, California, USA.  
  • The platforms are actively stabilised over 3 axes.
  • The design life time is 3 years for individual satellites, undetermined for the full constellation.
  • The replacement policy is based on launching satellites taking advantage of launch opportunities.
  • The orbits are conditioned by the launch opportunity, and may range from sunsynchronous to drifting.
  • See detailed description at
Data circulation
  • TBD.
Agencies Capella
Programme lifetime 2018 - 2040
Associated satellites and instruments

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