ImageSat International (ISI) and Terran Orbital, a provider of nanosatellite and microsatellite vehicles, services, and solutions, today announced a plan to develop a high-performance microsatellite, named 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 of 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 of Terran Orbital.
The RUNNER constellation is scheduled to launch into a sun-synchronous orbit starting in early 2019.