CubeSat cameras and optical payloads for small satellites on the global marketplace

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In this post we give a brief overview of how Earth Observation (EO) optical payloads are used in small satellites and share listings of multiple products available on the global marketplace – if you would like to skip the introductory material and instead get straight to the product listings, please click here.

Space engineers have been looking to lower costs by using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) innovations for the last few decades.

Alongside this commercial drive, experiments into the use of COTS components and sub-systems have been carried out at universities such as the University of Surrey and TU Berlin for several years.

In fact, the foundation of experimental satellites built by universities, such as the UoSAT and TUBSAT series of satellites, has provided the basis for realising cost-effective spacecraft that are packed with decent Earth Observation (EO) capabilities.

It is worthwhile to note interesting observations made by Professor Sir Martin Sweeting (Figure 1) of improvements in performance criteria such as Ground Sampling Distance (GSD), data rate, data storage etc., having a very close association with Moore’s law.

One could argue that the cost of satellites themselves has possibly followed the same trajectory (given the same GSD) due to factors such as reliability of COTS electronics and the decrease in launch costs.

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Figure 1 – Moore’s Law observed in small satellites (image credit: Professor Sir Martin Sweeting).

A whole generation of universities and NewSpace companies have leveraged such cost-effective spacecraft development in the small satellite world and have taken advantage of the increase in computing capabilities to generate much greater progress in the last thirty years.

The invention of CubeSats led to further interest in COTS EO payloads by students and engineers and has also enabled the translation of academic research interests into the development of innovative NewSpace EO ventures.

The most well-known example of this is Planet Labs, which has flown over 200 satellites based on CubeSat standard.


Choosing the right optical payload for your mission

When selecting any piece of technology for your mission it is important to be aware of costs, lead times, integration and testing requirements, as well as the physical requirements of your system.

In addition, here are some of the key performance criteria to consider when assessing which payload is right for your needs:

  • Spatial resolution – a measure of the smallest object that can be resolved by the optical payload.
  • Spectral resolution – the number and width of spectral bands that the sensor can collect from reflected radiance.
  • Swath – the area imaged by the optical payload.
  • Radiometric resolution – this indicates how much information is in a pixel and is expressed in units of bits.
  • SWaP factor – the size, weight and power of the satellite or sub-system.

For more information, we have also published an in-depth guide on 9 factors to take into acount when selecting the best optical payload for your mission, produced in collaboration with satsearch member Simera Sense.

We have also interviewed Rafael Guzman, founder and CTO of satsearch member SATLANTIS, on the latest advances in Earth Observation (EO) technologies and optical payload performance, on the Space Industry podcast.


Optical payloads on the global market

In the list below we have rounded up a range of commercially-available EO optical payloads for small satellites (<100 kg) on the global marketplace for space.

Please note that this list will be updated when new products are added to the global marketplace for space – so please check back for more or sign up for our mailing list to get all the updates.

Click on any of the links or images below to find out more about the systems. You can also submit a request for a quote, documentation or further information on each of the products listed or send us a more general query to discuss your specific needs, and we will use our global networks of suppliers to find a system to meet your specifications.


The lightest and most compact optical payload of the iSIM family, purposely designed to fit 12U/16U CubeSat platforms. The iSIM-90 can achieve a GSD of less than 2 m from an altitude of 500 km and has a mass of less than 6 kg.

mass

< 6 kg

power consumption

17 W + heating

ground sample distance

< 2 m @ 500 km

swath

13 km @ 500 km
26 km @ 500 km

The iSIM-170 has a total mass of 15 kg and can achieve sub-meter resolution from an altitude of 500 km. The payload includes the optical front-end as well as CMOS matrix detectors and an electronics sub-system for payload management and control.

mass

< 15 kg

power consumption

17 W + heating

ground sample distance

< 1 m @ 500 km

swath

7.5 km @ 500 km
15 km @ 500 km

A 15 kg VNIR and SWIR camera that operates in the spectral range of 450-1700 nm and can achieve a resolution of < 2.5 m in the SWIR range. The payload includes the optical front-end, with one channel assigned to VNIR and the other channel to SWIR.

mass

< 15 kg

power consumption

17 W + heating

ground sample distance

< 1 m @ 500 km (VIS)
< 5 m @ 500 km (IR)

swath

7.5 km @ 500 km

A multispectral camera suitable for integration with 6U or larger CubeSats. The Caiman has a 12 km swath (at 500 km orbit altitude), 5 V DC operating voltage and weighs 1.8 kg.

mass

1.8 kg (including electronics)

power usage

< 10 W (imaging mode)
< 5 W (readout mode)

ground sample distance

3 m @ 500 km (PAN)
6 m @ 500 km (MS)

swath

12 km @ 500 km

A multispectral or hyperspectral camera suitable for integration with 3U or larger CubeSats, with proven electronics with flight heritage. The Chameleon-MS has 5 V DC operating temperature, mass of 1.6 kg, and features customizable on-board storage and downlink options.

mass

1.6 kg

power consumption

< 10 W (imaging mode)
< 5 W (readout mode)

ground sample distance

binned to 20 m @ 500 km (HS)
binned to 40 m @ 500 km (HS)
10 m @ 500 km (PAN)
20 m @ 500 km (MS)

swath

40 km @ 500 km (MS)
20 km @ 500 km (HS)

Designed to offer an easy-to-integrate RGB matrix imaging payload suitable for 2U or larger CubeSats, and with a mass of 0.4 kg. The Gecko features 128 GB of data storage, a swath of 80 km and ground sample distance of 39 m (both at 500 km orbit amplitude).

mass

0.4 kg

power consumption

2.6 W (imaging mode)
4.5 W (readout mode)

ground sample distance

39 m @ 500 km

swath

80 km @ 500 km

An optical payload for microsatellites based on radiation-resistant optical components with very low coefficient of thermal expansion. The DragonEye features 512 GB of data storage, a swath of 20 km (at 500 km orbit amplitude) and a mass of 18 kg.

mass

18 kg (including electronics)

power usage

< 45 W (imaging mode)
< 25 W (readout mode)

spatial resolution (GSD)

1.4 m @ 500 km (PAN)
2.8 m @ 500 km (MS)

swath

20 km @ 500 km

Designed as a high-resolution imager for larger microsatellites, capable of achieving sub-meter resolution (PAN). The Raptor has an operating voltage of 28 V DC, a swath of 11 km (at 500 km orbit amplitude) and a mass of 45 kg.

mass

45 kg (including electronics)

power consumption

< 45 W (imaging mode)
< 25 W (readout mode)

ground sample distance

0.7 m @ 500 km (PAN)
2.8 m @ 500 km (MS)

swath

11 km @ 500 km

A multispectral and hyperspectral imager compatible with 1U and 2U CubeSats. The Mantis has an operating voltage of 5 V DC, swath of 32 km (at 500 km orbit altitude) and a mass of 0.5 kg. The system is also available as a standard Snapshot RGB imager.

mass

0.5 kg

power consumption

< 2.6 W (imaging mode)
< 4.6 W (readout mode)

ground sample distance

16 m @ 500 km (PAN)
32 m @ 500 km (MS and HS)

swath

32 km @ 500 km

A high resolution flight camera designed for low earth orbit (LEO) applications including docking, navigation, inspection, and situational awareness. The system features GigE Vision® image streaming over 1 Gb/s Ethernet, has a mass of 180g (without optics), and a typical power consumption of 5VDC @ 400mA (full resolution, 10 fps).

mass

< 180g without optics

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

N/A

swath

N/A

HyperScape100

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Simera Sense's HyperScape100 is a hyperspectral push-broom imager primarily designed for Earth Observation (EO) applications, as a payload for CubeSats. It is based on a CMOS image sensor and custom continuously variable optical filter in the visible and near-infrared (VNIR) spectral range.

mass

1.1 kg ± 5%

power consumption

2.7 W (idle or readout)
7.0 W (imaging)

ground sample distance

4.75 m @ 500 km

swath

19.4 km @ 500 km

Simera Sense's MultiScape100 CIS is a multispectral push-broom imager for Earth Observation (EO) applications. It is based on a CMOS imaging sensor and a 7-band multispectral filter in the visible and near-infrared (VNIR) spectral range. It provides continuous line-scan imaging in up to 7 spectral bands, each with digital time delay integration (dTDI).

mass

1.1 kg ± 5%

power consumption

2.5 W (idle or readout)
5.8 W (imaging)

ground sample distance

4.75 m @ 500 km

swath

19.4 km @ 500 km

Simera Sense's MultiScape200 CIS is a multispectral push-broom imager for Earth Observation (EO) applications. It is based on a CMOS imaging sensor and a 7-band multispectral filter in the visible and near-infrared (VNIR) spectral range. It provides continuous line-scan imaging in up to 7 spectral bands, each with digital time delay integration (dTDI).

mass

12.1 kg ± 2%

power consumption

2.5 W (idle or readout)
5.8 W (imaging)

ground sample distance

1.5 m @ 500 km

swath width

14 km @ 500 km

TriScape100

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Simera Sense's TriScape100 is a red-green-blue (RGB) colour snapshot imager for Earth Observation (EO) applications. It is based on a 12.6-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor with integrated RGB Bayer filter in the visible spectral range, and provides snapshot imaging with a frame rate of up to 150 full resolution frames per second (FPS).

mass

1.1 kg ± 5%

power consumption

2.5 W (idle or readout)
5.8 W (imaging)

ground sample distance

4.75 m @ 500 km

swath

N/A

TriScape200

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Simera Sense's TriScape200 is a red-green-blue (RGB) colour imager, as a primary payload for smallsats. It is based on a 65-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor with integrated RGB Bayer filter in the visible spectral range, and provides snapshot imaging with a frame rate of up to 30 full resolution frames per second (FPS) at 10-bit pixel depth.

mass

12.1 kg ± 2%

power consumption

2.5 W (idle or readout)
5.8 W (imaging)

ground sample distance

1.5 m @ 500 km

swath

N/A

Based on the ST200 Star Tracker platform and featuring a dedicated high-speed USB2.0 interface, the IM200 is capable of capturing 5 frames per second at full resolution. A large internal buffer allows storage of up to 25 full-frame images, which can be compressed into JPEGs for fast previewing.

mass

59 g (using 50mm F2.0 lens)

power consumption

700 mW typ.

ground sample distance

N/A

swath

N/A

The HRVI-6HD 2nd Generation consists of three sub-units, the DCP (Dual Camera Payload) and two PLSU (Payload Support Unit), one attached to each of the DCP’s two optical heads. It offers 4.6m GSD resolution imagery with a 70km swath and also has an hyperspectral option.

total mass

10.450 kg

power consumption

N/A

resolution

4.6 m @ 500 km (Multispectral - PAN)
9.2 m @ 500 km (Multispectral - MS)
5.4 m @ 500 km (Super Spectral - MS)
27.6 m @ 500 km (Hyper Spectral - HS)

swath

70 km @ 500 km (Multi and Super Spectral)
36 km @ 500 km (Hyper Spectral)

The SEEING 1.5-m system is designed to offer a GSD of 1.5 m from 500 km. It features a 2D Field of View of 10 x 7 km², corresponding to a 6600 x 4400 pixel image, with a trace width of 10 km. The system has an operational lifetime of 5-10 years and a large area detector with Full Frame 24 x 36 CMOS (or CCD) sensor offering 29 Mpixels.

mass

6 kg

power consumption

30 W

ground sample distance

1.5 m @ 500 km

swath

10 km @ 500 km

The SEEING 10-m system is designed to offer a GSD of 10 m. It features a 2D Field of View of 60 x 40 km² with a trace width of 60 km. The system has an operational lifetime of at least 10 years at a 600 km orbit and a large area detector with Full Frame 24 x 36 CMOS (or CCD) sensor offering 29 - 50 Mpixels.

mass

8 kg

power consumption

30 W

ground sample distance

10 m @ 600 km

swath

60 km @ 600 km

An imaging system with a mass of < 3 kg, length of 240 mm, and diameter of 150 mm. Image data is captured directly on the integrated mass storage, from where it may be streamed to an OBC and downlinked at a data rate conveniently defined by the end user.

mass

< 3 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

6.5 m @ 500 km

swath

13 km @ 500 km

A 20 kg multispectral Earth Observation payload for small satellites. The unobscured Three Mirror Anastigmat (TMA) design maximizes MTF at high spatial frequencies, and multispectral, hyperspectral, PAN, and RGB functionalities are available.

mass

20 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

2.75 m @ 600 km (PAN/RGB)
5.5 m @ 600 km (MS)
5.5 to 11 m @ 600 km (HS)

swath

11 km @ 600 km (PAN, MS, HS)
22 km @ 600 km (RGB)

The KAIROSPACE 22mm Camera is a passive, self-focusing camera for agriculture, civilian, and scientific applications. It operates with a stable MTF in the temperature range -60 to +60 °C and has a 37 m spatial resolution @ 600 km, and a swath of 125 km at the same height.

mass

1000 ± 100 g

power consumption

N/A

spatial resolution

37 m @ 600 km (color)

swath

125 km @ 600 km

The KAIROSPACE 90mm Camera can be used for commercial and scientific remote sensing applications on a range of platforms starting at 6U CubeSats. Both monochrome and RGB functions are available.

mass

1.4 kg

power consumption

4.2 W

ground sample distance

5 m @ 400 km (color)
3 m @ 400 km (PAN)

swath

9.95 km @ 400 km

The KAIROSPACE 250mm Camera is a visible spectrum camera that is capable of in-orbit configurable GSD up to 2.5m. Developed as a payload for 16U CubeSats, the 250mm Camera can be used for Earth observation and for space observation.

mass

< 6 kg

power consumption

~15 W

ground sample distance

2.5 m @ 600 km

swath

25 km @ 600 km
50 km @ 600 km (CMOS sensor)

The KAIROSPACE 22mm Cluster Camera is a passive, self-focusing, multispectral, 4-cluster camera for scientific, civilian, and agriculture applications for remote sensing applications. It operates with a stable MTF in a temperature range of -60 to +60 °C, has a swath of 114 km @ 600 km, and a 37 m GSD at the same height.

mass

2300 ± 100

power consumption

12 W (15 W max) (1 camera)
48 W (15 W max) (4 cameras)

spatial resolution

37 m @ 600 km (color)

swath

114 km @ 600 km

A miniaturized hyperspectral imager that combines spectral imaging with on-board processing, designed for nano, micro, and larger satellites. At an orbit of 500 km the system has a GSD of 70 m and a swath of 200 x 140 km. It operates across 45 spectral bands in the 400 - 1000 nm range and has a mass of 1.3 kg.

mass

1.3 kg

power consumption

10 W

ground sample distance

70 m @ 500 km

swath

200 x 140 km @ 500 km

A hyperspectral imager combining spectral imaging with on-board processing, using Intel Ireland’s Myriad 2 artificial intelligence chip. The system provides hyperspectral imaging in the visible and near infrared to analyze composition of the Earth, along with three thermal infrared bands to retrieve the temperature distribution.

mass

1.7 kg

power consumption

12 W

ground sample distance

75 m @ 540 km (channel 1)
490 m @ 540 km (channel 2)

swath

310 x 150 km @ 540 km

A TRL 9 CubeSat camera system that has flown on both the UK Space Agency’s UKube-1 and AlSat Nano missions. The camera configuration is flexible with the ability to operate up to three camera heads per imager board and imaging options include near- and far-field imaging, in RGB colour or black & white.

mass

85 g (board + 1x WFI)

power consumption

845 mW peak

ground sample distance

360 m @ 650 km (other lens variants available)

swath

N/A

A satellite camera with a mass of less than 50 g and a ground sample distance of < 600 m @ 600 km. Can be used as an Earth Observation camera in LEO or as a monitoring camera on larger satellites.

mass

< 50 g

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

< 600 m @ 600 km

swath

N/A

The Jilin-1 satellite-borne visible spectral camera has a mass of 29 (± 0.2) kg and a multispectral ground sample distance (GSD) of < 5 m. It is capable of in-orbit adjustment of focal length and integral series, and covers 19 spectral bands.

mass

29 ± 0.2 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

< 5 m (Multispectral)

swath

N/A

The Jilin-1 satellite-borne visible spectral video camera has a mass of 4.5 (± 0.1) kg and is capable of in-orbit adjustment of focal length & integral series. It features PAN ground sample distance (GSD) of < 1.9 m and multispectral GSD of < 7.6 m, and covers the 437 to 720 nm (RGB) spectral band.

mass

4.5 ± 0.1 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

< 1.9 m (PAN)
< 7.6 m (Multispectral)

swath

N/A

The Jilin-1 satellite-borne visible spectral video camera has a mass of 5 (± 0.2) kg and is capable of in-orbit adjustment of focal length and integral series. It features a PAN GSD of < 2 m, covers the 437 to 720 nm (RGB) spectral band, and is applicable in various spectral RS video satellites.

mass

5 ± 0.2 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

< 2 m (PAN)

swath

N/A

The Jilin-1 satellite-borne visible spectral video camera has a mass of 40 (± 0.5) kg and is capable of in-orbit adjustment of focal length and integral series. It features a PAN GSD of < 0.7 m, a multispectral GSD of < 2.8 m, covers the 437 to 720 nm (RGB) spectral band. It is also applicable in various spectral RS video satellites.

mass

40 ± 0.5 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

< 0.7 m (PAN)
< 2.8 m (Multispectral)

swath

N/A

This Push-Broom Camera is borne by a Jilin-1 satellite and has a mass of 5.0 ± 0.2 kg. The system has a ground sample distance (GSD) of < 10 m (PAN) and < 40 m (multispectral) and covers a number of spectral bands, from 450 to 1040 nm. It is capable of in-orbit adjustment of focal length and integral series, and is applicable for various spectral RS video satellites.

mass

5.0 ± 0.2 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

< 10 m (PAN)
< 40 m (Multispectral)

swath

N/A

This Push-Broom Camera is borne by a Jilin-1 satellite and has a mass of 6.2 ± 0.1 kg. The system has a ground sample distance (GSD) of < 2.5 m (PAN) and < 10 m (multispectral) and covers a number of spectral bands, from 400 to 895 nm. It is capable of in-orbit adjustment of focal length and integral series, and is applicable for various spectral RS video satellites.

mass

6.2 ± 0.1 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

< 2.5 m (PAN)
< 10 m (Multispectral)

swath

N/A

This Push-Broom Camera is borne by a Jilin-1 satellite and has a mass of 4.5 ± 0.1 kg. The system has a ground sample distance (GSD) of < 1.5 m (PAN) and covers the spectral band from 450 to 750 nm (PAN). It is capable of in-orbit adjustment of integral series and focal length, and is applicable for a numbr of spectral RS video satellites.

mass

4.5 ± 0.1 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

< 1.9 m (PAN)

swath

N/A

This Push-Broom Camera is borne by a Jilin-1 satellite and has a mass of 5.0 ± 0.2 kg. The system has a ground sample distance (GSD) of < 1 m PAN and < 4 m multispectral, and covers a number of spectral bands from 430 to 900 nm. It is capable of in-orbit adjustment of integral series and focal length, and is applicable for a numbr of spectral RS video satellites.

mass

5.0 ± 0.2 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

< 1 m (PAN)
< 4 m (Multispectral)

swath

N/A

This Push-Broom Camera is borne by a Jilin-1 satellite and has a mass of 4.0 ± 0.5 kg. The system has a ground sample distance (GSD) of < 0.7 m PAN and < 2.8 m multispectral, and covers a number of spectral bands from 450 to 895 nm. It is capable of in-orbit adjustment of integral series and focal length, and is applicable for a numbr of spectral RS video satellites.

mass

40 ± 0.5 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

< 0.7 m (PAN)
< 2.8 m (Multispectral)

swath

N/A

This Push-Broom Camera is borne by a Jilin-1 satellite and has a mass of 81 ± 0.5 kg. The system has a ground sample distance (GSD) of < 0.76 m PAN and < 3.1 m multispectral, and covers a number of spectral bands from 450 to 895 nm. It is capable of in-orbit adjustment of integral series and focal length, and is applicable for a numbr of spectral RS video satellites.

mass

81 ± 0.5 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

< 0.76 m (PAN)
< 3.1 m (Multispectral)

swath

N/A

This Push-Broom Camera is borne by a Jilin-1 satellite and has a mass of 600 ± 2 kg. The system has a ground sample distance (GSD) of < 1 m PAN and < 4 m multispectral, and covers a number of spectral bands from 450 to 895 nm. It is capable of in-orbit adjustment of integral series and focal length, and is applicable for a numbr of spectral RS video satellites.

mass

600 ± 2 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

< 1 m (PAN)
< 4 m (Multispectral)

swath

N/A

This Push-Broom Camera is borne by a Jilin-1 satellite and has a mass of < 1100 kg. The system has GSD of ≤ 0.5 m (PAN), ≤ 2 m (Standard MS), ≤ 4 m (Extended MS), and ≤ 5 m (SWIR). It operates across several spectral bands (from 450 to 1690 nm), is capable of in-orbit adjustment of integral series and focal length, and is applicable for a number of spectral RS video satellites.

mass

< 1100 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

≤ 0.5 m (PAN)
≤ 2 m (Standard multispectral)
≤ 4 m (Extended multispectral)
≤ 5 m (SWIR)

swath

N/A

A 330 g (without optics) Long-Wave Infrared (LWIR), uncooled microbolometer camera, providing thermal images and video as an in-flight engineering diagnostic tool, to detect objects with thermal signatures, or to make general observations in complete darkness.

mass

330 g (without optics)

power consumption

6.5 W (idle)
8.75 W (imaging)

ground sample distance

N/A

swath

N/A

A 256 g (without optics) camera that utilizes a CMOS image sensor with integral RGB Bayer Pattern color filter array. The sensor outputs 10-bit pixels that are square-root companded to 8-bits before being transmitted to the DVR on a 100 Mbit/s serial link.

mass

256 g (without optics)

power consumption

1.75 W (idle)
2.5 W (imaging)

ground sample distance

N/A

swath

N/A

The 256 g (without optics) C50 utilizes a CMOS image sensor with integral RGB Bayer Pattern color filter array. The sensor outputs 10-bit pixels that are square-root companded to 8-bits before being transmitted to the DVR on a 200 Mbit/s serial link. The system operates in 3 color bands; 400 to 500 nm (blue), 500 to 575 nm (green), and 575 to 750 nm (red).

mass

256 g (without optics)

power consumption

1.75 W (idle)
2.5 W (imaging)

ground sample distance

N/A

swath

N/A

The DISC cameras are radiation-tolerant (100 krad) visible cameras for small satellites. With masses of less than 0.7 kg, the cameras enable on-orbit image control, including windowing, binning, adjustable frame rates, and adjustable integration times.

mass

< 0.7 kg

power consumption

> 1 W (framerate dependent)

ground sample distance

N/A

swath

N/A

A miniaturised optical payload for nano and microsatellites consisting of an imaging unit based on an enhanced InGaAs sensor, sensitive in shortwave infrared region, with a linear variable optical filter to achieve multispectral behaviour.

mass

820 g (with optics)

power consumption

< 6.7 W (w/o TEC < 3 W)

ground sample distance

100 m @ 500 km NIR/SWIR (with optional optics)

swath

N/A

Designed for use with nanosats and microsats, the SpaceView™ 24 model weighs less than 10 kg and has a power rating of 10 W. The system has a 0.24 m aperture and achieves a GSD of 0.9 to 1.1 m @ 500 km. It can also offer the potential to capitalize on standard ESPA APL envelope configurations.

mass

< 10 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

0.9 to 1.1 m @ 500 km

swath

N/A

Designed for use with nanosats and microsats, the SpaceView™ 35 model weighs 20 - 35 kg and has a power rating of 70 - 170 W. The system has a 0.35 m aperture and achieves a GSD of 0.7 to 1.0 m @ 500 km. It can also offer the potential to capitalize on standard ESPA APL envelope configurations.

mass

20 to 35 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

0.7 to 1.0 m @ 500 km

swath

N/A

Designed for use with nanosats and microsats, the SpaceView™ 42 model weighs 25 - 40 kg and has a power rating of 70 - 170 W. The system has a 0.42 m aperture and achieves a GSD of 0.5 to 0.75 m @ 500 km. It can also offer the potential to capitalize on standard ESPA APL envelope configurations.

mass

25 to 40 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

0.5 to 0.75 m @ 500 km

swath

N/A

Designed for use with smallsats, the SpaceView™ 50 model has a mass of 90 - 130 kg and power rating of 200 - 275 W. The system has an aperture of 0.5 m and offers the ability to use two different camera modalities in one payload. It also achieves a ground sample distance of 0.35 to 0.5 m @ 500 km.

mass

90 to 130 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

0.35 to 0.5 m @ 500 km

swath

N/A

Designed for use with smallsats, the SpaceView™ 80 model has a mass of 150 - 225 kg and power rating of 250 - 350 W. The system has an aperture of 0.8 m and offers the ability to use two different camera modalities in one payload. It also achieves a ground sample distance of 0.22 to 0.35 m @ 500 km.

mass

150 to 225 kg

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

0.22 to 0.35 m @ 500 km

swath

N/A


Monitoring cameras

In this section you can find cameras that are used to image the satellite (or other spacecraft) itself.

These are typically used to visually confirm processes such as the successful implementation of solar panels or other deployable systems, or the docking of external vehicles.

The DCUBED SPACE SELFIE STICK, shortened to D3S3, is a deployable camera attached to an 80 cm, self-unfurling boom that can take health monitoring and promotional images of a satellite in orbit.

mass

N/A

power consumption

N/A

ground sample distance

N/A

swath

N/A

A monitoring unit consisting of a floodlight, a camera, and a camera controller to take pictures of deployments of satellite-mounted solar battery paddles and antennas. The system has a mass of 5.2 kg and has a total power consumption of 21.4 W. It features vibration- and shock-proofing, and the ability to provide either still image or video outputs.

total mass

~5200 g

total power consumption

21.4 W

ground sample distance

N/A

swath

N/A

A 270g monitoring camera system suitable for densely packed satellites and rovers. The system has power consumption of 1 W in imaging mode and enables the monitoring of system deployment or scientific activities, and can take pictures/videos of the surrounding area.

mass

270 g

power consumption

0.5 W (nominal)
1 W (imaging)

ground sample distance

N/A

swath

N/A

A 40g camera designed to provide colorful imaging in JPEG format and VGA resolution on-board small satellites, with external flashlight control signal. By default the optics feature a 76° FOV with IR-cut filter, and the camera can be configured in several other settings.

mass

40 g

power consumption

315 mW

ground sample distance

~300 m @ 550 km SSO

swath

N/A

The Infinity Avionics SelfieCam Engineering Camera is a flight-proven, low-resolution camera for deployment monitoring, orientation identification or low-resolution Earth imaging. On-board JPEG encoding enables small image sizes in order to support data downlink with weaker communication links.

mass

10 g

power consumption

< 750 mW

ground sample distance

N/A

swath

N/A


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