BackForward Satellite: Capella 

Satellite details
Acronym Capella
Full name Capella
Satellite Description
  • Constellation of 36 micro-satellites, proof-of-concept of a sustainable operational SAR constellation.
  • Orbit heights conditioned by the launch of opportunity.  Most common: sunsynchronous at, e.g., 10:30 descending and 500 km.
  • Main missions: all-weather high-resolution land observation; sea-ice.
  • Substantial contribution to disaster monitoring.
Mass at launch 112 kg Dry mass
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 500 km
ECT 10:30 desc


Space agency Capella
Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Eight flight units launched as of 13 Jan 2022
Launch 03 Dec 2018 EOL ≥2040
Last update: 2022-01-14
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on Capella

Acronym Full name
Capella SAR Capella SAR
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