Mission Overview

Synspective’s SAR satellite technology was initially developed through the “ImPACT” program led by The Cabinet Office, Government of Japan. StriX-α is a product of this effort, further developed for commercial use through Synspective, and is now the company’s first demonstration satellite.

StriX-α is in the 100kg satellite class and about 1/10 of a conventional large SAR satellite. The SAR antenna is 5 meters long. While folded at launch, it deploys in orbit. The StriX satellite constellation can target data with a ground resolution of 1-3m, single polarized (VV), and a swath width of more than 10-30km. The satellite is capable of two observation modes: Stripmap and Sliding Spotlight.

We plan to launch the demonstration satellite StriX-β (Strix Beta) following StriX-α in 2021. By 2022, Synspective will launch 4 commercial satellites, aiming to build and operate a system that enables wide-area, high-frequency ground observation with a constellation of 30 satellites.

Launch Mission

Company Name
Rocket Lab, Inc
New Zealand
Sun-synchronous orbit, altitude 500 km
Launch date
15th December UTC.

Mission Name

The Owl’s Night Begins

Background and Meaning:
“The owl’s night begins” stands for the “owl,” representing our satellite that carries the name “StriX,” which is a genus of owls. The “night” part is about SAR’s capabilities to see through any condition including the night’s darkness. The “begins” part represents that this is the first satellite of many to come and that Synspective’s presence in the sky is starting.


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