|Spacecraft||Payload||Day & Night||Through Cloud||Through Smoke||Video||Detect fire||Detect smoke|
Rapid Damage Assessment
|Large Area Damage Assessment|
|Carbonite||High Resolution Optical|
|DarkCarb||Medium Wave Infra Red|
Wide swath super-spectral
|Precision||High Resolution Optical|
Operating at an altitude of 500km, Carbonite satellites provide 1m GSD colour video employing a Forward Motion Compensation (FMC) imaging mode which enables captures of >120 seconds of a single target, adding a new dimension to high resolution Earth observation imagery.
A constellation of Carbonite satellites would provide robustness against weather conditions and target concealment.
DarkCarb is a high resolution mid-wave infra-red (MWIR) imaging satellite with an innovative low mass and volume MWIR imager which, when combined with the implementation of novel image enhancement algorithms, will achieve high quality 3.5m GSD imagery.
MWIR imagery provides the capability to differentiate between objects and surfaces of different temperature and emissivity. As the detectable signal is only dependent on the temperature of the scene, DarkCarb also has the ability to extend imaging opportunities into the night. The video capability allows information on highly dynamic features in scenes to be provided and will be of key interest for applications relating to human activity.
The TrueColour satellite provides a medium spatial resolution and multi-spectral resolution option in the series, using the same platform as the Carbonite series. The SSTL TrueColour imager has a wide swath and images in 9 selected bands.
The SSTL-Precision satellite provides very high resolution, high quality imagery in support of pan-sharpened colour mapping and surveillance applications. The spacecraft is designed to be compact in order to support aﬀordable operations as a stand-alone unit or in constellations providing higher temporal resolution. Larger than the Carbonite high resolution imaging spacecraft, it provides higher resolution data as well as signifcantly greater data return.
CarbSAR utilises the platform heritage of the Carbonite series, and combines it with an innovative deployable X-band SAR payload to provide high resolution imaging capabilities night and day, and whatever the weather.
NovaSAR is a small S-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mission designed for low cost programmes and optimised for shared launch opportunities.