StriX-β is Synspective’s second demonstration satellite that follows StriX-α, which was successfully launched into its target orbit in December 2020.
StriX-β will be launched into a one-day recurrent sun synchronous orbit, making it possible to capture particular spots on the Earth at the same time and under the same conditions on a daily basis. In other words, we will be able to acquire high-quality data to understand changes and trends at specific locations on the Earth’s surface.
Following this, we plan to launch a commercial prototype satellite, StriX-1 (Strix One), later this year. By 2023, we will have 6 satellites in total, bringing us closer to our planned constellation of 30 satellites that enables wide-area, high-frequency Earth observation.
The Owl’s Night Continues
It is oftentimes a tradition that space companies create a mission name or an iconic mission patch emblem for their respective satellite launch missions. In honor of this and in partnership with Rocket Lab, we named the StriX-β satellite launch, “The Owl’s Night Continues.”
From “The Owl’s Night Begins” to “The Owl’s Night Continues”
The StriX satellite series derives its name from a parliament of owls. “Night” demonstrates SAR satellites’ ability to detect changes to the Earth’s surface, independent of weather conditions on Earth and at any time of the day or night. The last word “continues” illustrates that this is the second satellite of many to come, and Synspective’s presence in the skies keeps expanding.