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Notice regarding launch schedule for Synspective’s second SAR satellite “StriX-ß”

Synspective Inc., a SAR satellite data and solutions provider, announced today the official launch schedule of StriX-β, its second SAR satellite.

Scheduled Date of Launch

The launch window is set during a 14-day launch window opening on 28 February UTC. Exact lift-off target date and time will be confirmed soon. Please note that the launch may be postponed or canceled due to unforeseen weather conditions or complications.

Launch vehicle / Location

The mission is scheduled for lift-off from Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle at Rocket Lab Launch Complex on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. The StriX-β will be the only payload onboard.

Target Orbit

Sun Synchronous Orbit, altitude 561km

StriX-β is the company’s second demonstration satellite following the StriX-α which was launched in December 2020.

The 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 daily. In other words, we will be able to acquire high-quality data to understand changes and trends at specific locations in the Earth’s surface.

Following, we plan to launch a commercial prototype satellite, StriX-1 (Strix One), later this year. By 2023, we will have six satellites in total, bringing us closer to a planned constellation of 30 satellites that enables wide-area, high-frequency earth observation.

StriX-β performance table

Dr Motoyuki Arai, Synspective founder and CEO: “It is a great honor to collaborate with Rocket Lab again, which is an experienced launch service provider with the successful StriX-α deployment to orbit. We very much appreciate their flexibility and speediness in accepting our requests on the satellite’s orbit and launch period. Synspective has already begun operating its first satellite and providing solution services, and the StriX-β is going to play an essential role in deepening satellite-operation know-how and enable us to expand our business operations. We will accomplish this mission and steadily achieve results to “Learning world” enhancing global efficiency and resilience.”


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