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Orbital Sidekick Successfully Launches First Satellites in GHOSt Constellation

By GeoConnexion - 28th July 2023 - 10:32

Orbital Sidekick (OSK), a provider of space-based hyperspectral intelligence, announced the successful launch of GHOSt 1 and 2, the first satellites in its planned GHOSt (Global Hyperspectral Observation Satellite) constellation, aboard the Transporter 7 rideshare mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. OSK will deploy four more satellites this year aboard the Transporter 8 and Transporter 9 rideshare missions to complete the company’s initial constellation. By year-end, GHOSt will consist of six equivalent hyperspectral imaging microsatellites, each featuring a proprietary hyperspectral imager unique to OSK. Now in orbit, these first two GHOSt satellites will offer unmatched global monitoring capacity, capturing nearly 500 bands of light across the electromagnetic spectrum with 20x greater sensitivity than traditional monitoring. The payload will produce the highest resolution commercial hyperspectral imagery ever in orbit, with a ground sampling distance of eight meters.

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