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Japanese Space Startup Successfully Launched its first Radar Imaging Satellite

Updated: Jun 19, 2021

Strasbourg, France, December 16, 2020 – Synspective Inc., a SAR satellite data and related solutions provider, announced today that “StriX-a”, its first SAR satellite, has successfully been put into its target orbit.

At 19:09 on December 15, 2020 (JST), the small SAR satellite “StriX-α” was launched by Rocket Lab’s Electron, from New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula launch site, and put into target orbit: a Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO), with an altitude of 500km.

Functions including both observation and data acquisition will be verified over the next several months. Details will be updated on Synspective’s website.

Synspective founder and CEO, Dr. Motoyuki Arai, commented, “Thanks to the efforts and hard work of both the Rocket Lab and Synspective teams we were able to achieve a successful launch, despite the difficult environment of COVID-19. With the launch of StriX-α, Synspective will be able to demonstrate its satellite capabilities and data processing technology. This is the first step towards our constellation of 30 satellites and along with the development of our solutions, a full-scale business expansion will begin. Starting with this success, we will move tangibly closer towards the attainment of an advanced world, expanding people’s understanding and learning capabilities with new data and technologies.”

Rocket Lab founder and CEO, Peter Beck, says, “Congratulations to the team at Synspective for the successful deployment of their first satellite. We’re proud to be able to continue to provide dedicated launch opportunities for small satellite customers like Synspective, so that they no longer face long waits to launch on unproven launch vehicles or have to fly with limitations as a secondary payload on rideshares without the in-space maneuvrability our Kick Stage provides for smallsats.”


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