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SSL will build 13 small LEO satellites, each about 60 x 60 x 95 centimeters and weighing roughly 120 kilograms, to be launched in 2015 and 2016.These satellites, based on a Skybox design, will capture sub-meter color imagery and up to 90-second clips of HD video with 30 frames per second. Once the 13 satellites are launched, Skybox will be able to revisit any point on Earth three times per day.
"With the successful launch of SkySat-1 in
"The contract award from Skybox is tangible evidence of our success in working with MDA to expand into new markets," said
As part of the agreement, Skybox granted SSL an exclusive license to the satellite design. This provides SSL with a platform to address the demand for small satellites and related services.
Skybox is generating a data source describing daily global activity with timely, accessible, sub-meter color imagery and high definition video of the Earth. Skybox Imaging is backed by venture firms and comprised of internet and aerospace professionals.
SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, delivers satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the world.
MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.
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