Capella Space Unveils Next Generation Satellite with Advanced Imagery and Communication Features

Capella Space Unveils Next Generation Satellite with Advanced Imagery and Communication Features

Capella Space, a leading Earth observation company, unveiled several new capabilities planned for its next generation satellites, further expanding the company’s cutting-edge, premium data offerings. This new generation of Capella satellites, referred to as “Acadia” technology, will expand the existing Capella constellation to provide highest quality imagery, best ground-range resolution, and the fastest order-to-delivery speeds available from any commercial SAR provider.

Capella’s Acadia generation of satellites will unlock improved, cutting-edge technology to further advance Capella’s industry-leading Earth-imaging offerings, including: 

  • Best resolution with increased bandwidth: By increasing radar bandwidth from 500 MHz to 700 MHz, Capella customers will enjoy refined, industry-leading resolution, with Slant Range Resolution improving down to 0.214 m and Ground Range Resolution to 0.31 m for standard look angles. 
  • Highest quality imagery with increased power: Capella customers are already accustomed to Capella’s high quality SAR imagery. With this next generation of satellites, the company is further increasing image quality by scaling power by more than 40%, in line with increased bandwidth. The combination of increased bandwidth and increased power further strengthens Capella’s already premium SAR products. This ensures customers can see even more detail in Capella’s imagery and more accurately detect an even broader range of objects. 
  • Fastest order-to-delivery with improved payload downlink: Capella has already pioneered the usage of GEO communication satellites for near real-time tasking of its satellites. In this next generation of satellites, upgrades to the payload downlink antenna will reduce time between ground contact and imaging opportunities, improving delivery speed and enabling customers to access even more imaging capacity, directly from their own ground stations. 
  • Reduced latency with inter-satellite communications: The Acadia spacecraft will be equipped with optical communications terminals (OCTs). Capella is the first commercial SAR company to demonstrate Optical Inter-Satellite Links (OISL), compatible with the U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA)’s new National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA) and standards. High-speed links will enable Capella to drastically reduce latency from collect to downlink for critical decision-making on the ground. 

“Capella’s Acadia satellite technology is the result of our team’s drive to push the limits of SAR and our commitment to technology innovation,” said Payam Banazadeh, CEO and founder of Capella Space. “Since our first satellite launch, we’ve been paving the way to offer SAR data that is timely, reliable, accessible, and of industry-leading quality. Our new Acadia class of satellites will deliver even higher resolution and quality which will equip our customers worldwide with the tools and information they need to take problem-solving to the next level.” 

The Capella Space constellation already provides industry-leading satellite capabilities, including a 10-minute payload duty cycle, which results in five times the imaging capacity per satellite than the leading competitor, and sufficient orbital diversity to allow customers to collect images more frequently, regardless of weather conditions. Capella is the first and only commercial Earth-observation company to enable the Inter-Satellite Data Relay System (IDRS), which allows customers to task a spacecraft in under 15 minutes for emergency or tip and cue operations. Additionally, Capella operates a fully-automated scheduling, downlink, and processing architecture and provides access through a self-service, user-driven tasking console.  

The first of the Capella Acadia satellites is slated to launch in early 2023.  

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GNSS Constellations - A list of all GNSS satellites by constellations


Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


Satellite NameOrbit Date
GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


Satellite NameOrbit Date
NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013