Synspective SAR Satellite “StriX-3” to be Launched in March

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Synspective Inc., a provider of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite data and analytic solutions, has announced the official launch schedule of StriX-3, the company’s latest SAR satellite.

The StriX-3 mission is set to launch during an 8-day window opening on March 9th UTC. However, the launch may be subject to postponement or cancellation due to unforeseen weather conditions or complications.

The mission is scheduled for lift-off from Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle at the Rocket Lab Launch Complex on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.

StriX-3 is the company’s fourth SAR satellite, following the launches of StriX-α, StriX-β, and StriX-1, in December 2020, March, and September 2022, respectively.

One notable feature of StriX-3 is its ability to create and manage satellites using the same design as StriX-1. This capability of parallel production is essential for constructing the desired satellite constellation. StriX-3 will provide this proficiency, enabling more efficient assembly of the constellation.

Dr. Motoyuki Arai, Synspective Founder and CEO:

“I am thrilled to take on another challenge with the Rocket Lab team, who have successfully led us to launch three satellites into their target orbits. I also want to express my gratitude to the dedicated teams of both companies and everyone involved in the StriX-3 project. StriX-3 is our fourth satellite, allowing us to offer more data services to our new and existing customers.

This year, we plan to expand our business through multiple launches, with StriX-3 being the first satellite aimed at full-scale constellation operations. Through this launch, we will further our understanding of the manufacturing process, enhance our satellite operation know-how, increase data supply volume, and strengthen data analysis capabilities. We are committed to addressing sustainable development challenges within our generation, pushing forward our analytics platform business and enabling societal progress through data-driven insights and collective learning.”

Toshihiro Obata, Synspective Board Director and Head of Technology Strategy Office:

“I am excited about the approaching launch of StriX-3 and extend my gratitude to everyone who contributed to this project. With our accumulated knowledge, we have enhanced this satellite’s image generation capabilities, broadening its applications across various use cases. We are ready to fulfill our customers’ imaging demands with this satellite and accelerate the development of solutions, including SAR interferometry and disaster response. Our next steps involve preparing for the StriX-3 launch and performing functional verification post-launch. Please stay tuned.”

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