Astro Digital reduces planned constellation by maximizing use of Europe’s Sentinels & Landsat 8 satellites

by Peter B. de Selding

LOGAN, Utah — Startup Earth imaging constellation operator Astro Digital has scaled back plans for its Landmapper BC satellite constellation, concluding that by cross-calibrating with the U.S. Landsat 8 satellite and Europe’s twin Sentinel 2 spacecraft, the company can provide the same temporal resolution with five Landmapper BC satellites instead of the planned 10.

Astro Digital Chief Executive Chris Biddy said cross-calibrating the Astro Digital spacecraft with the U.S. and European satellites, the latter of which were not launched when the company planned its 10-satellite architecture, will allow . . .

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