UrtheCast is preparing a commercial constellation of multispectral optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Earth Observation (EO) satellites, which is now known as OptiSAR. The company plans 16 satellites — eight optical and eight SAR — flying in two orbital planes, with each plane consisting of four satellite pairs, equally-spaced around the orbital plane. Each pair of satellites will consist of a dual-mode, high-resolution optical satellite (video and pushbroom) and a dual-band high-resolution SAR satellite (X-band and L-band), flying in tandem.
This CRADA will allow UrtheCast to work closely with an experienced user and make early changes to its systems architecture, if deemed appropriate. The specific R&D under these areas will support UrtheCast’s government and commercial customer base. The company expects to deploy the OptiSAR constellation over multiple launches and to begin operations in 2020.