US: ImageSat International (ISI) and Terran Orbital have announced today that ISI has contracted Terran Orbital to develop a high-performance microsatellite, RUNNER, to be used for earth observation and imaging.
RUNNER will feature performance and mission characteristics enabling it to support the establishment of a high-revisit constellation for ISI, which will complement its EROS-B very high-resolution satellite and the high-performance, ultra-high resolution OPTSAT-3000 satellites currently under procurement from Israel Aerospace Industries. RUNNER will provide ISI with wide swath multi-spectral video and imagery, with a spatial resolution better than 1 meter, high bandwidth communications, massive-capacity recording, and high throughput onboard processing capability.
“The RUNNER program is an essential part of our space segment invigoration plan, where, starting with EROS-C and RUNNER, we will deploy advanced sensor layers and couple them with our exploitation and intelligence services,” said Noam Segal, CEO, ISI.
“The contract with ISI for the development of RUNNER is an important step for Terran Orbital. The RUNNER will demonstrate the agility of our microsatellite platform, enabling unique imaging missions by combining high image resolution with exceptional spacecraft agility,” said Anthony Previte, CEO, Terran Orbital.
On their choice to create a strategic partnership, Segal continued, “Terran Orbital has a superb technical team and is the leading provider with a well-proven record in squeezing high-performance architectures into small satellite platforms. We look forward to expanding our cooperation further.” Previte added, “ISI has a unique product within the earth observation community, and we are thrilled about the opportunity to work with such world-class organization.”
The RUNNER constellation is scheduled to launch into a sun-synchronous orbit starting in early 2019.