WASHINGTON — Satellogic, a company developing a constellation of Earth imaging satellites with hyperspectral capabilities, announced Jan. 15 that it will launch its fleet of spacecraft on Chinese rockets.
Buenos Aires-based Satellogic said that it plans to launch 90 of its remote sensing smallsats on as many as six Long March 6 rockets under a contract with China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
In an interview, Emiliano Kargieman, founder and chief executive of the company, said the first of the launches, carrying 13 satellites, is planned for September or October of this year. Additional launches will follow on a quarterly basis, although he said some of the Long March 6 launches could be replaced with larger Long March 2D vehicles depending on how quickly Satellogic can produce the satellites.
“It’s a turning point for the company and gets us into rollout mode,” he said of the launch contract. “We see this as a milestone agreement for us.”
The Long March 6 is a small liquid-fuel launch vehicle developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation and the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology. It is capable of placing a little more than 1,000 ...