Ibadan, 12 June 2023. – Terran Orbital Corporation has announced final launch preparations for the RUNNER-1 satellite. The satellite launch aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as part of the Transporter-8 rideshare mission from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, USA.
Terran Orbital and ImageSat International Ltd (ISI) jointly developed RUNNER-1 as a multi-purpose remote sensing satellite capable of sub-meter high-resolution multi-spectral imaging and color video. As a result, the satellite will tentatively join ISI’s constellation of satellites. Furthermore, it will provide services to the Chilean Government as part of the contract with ISI to build out the country’s national space program.
Furthermore, RUNNER-1 will also serve the Chilean Government in its national space development program. This is as the satellite, domestically called FASat Delta, is a key component of the Chilean national space program vision.
“Terran Orbital is ecstatic to announce Runner-1’s upcoming launch,” said Terran Orbital Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer Marc Bell. “RUNNER-1’s rapid response capabilities will change the world. Working with ISI and the Chilean Space program to develop this revolutionary satellite has been an absolute joy. We look forward to continuing to work with ISI and the Chilean Space Program in the future.”
The RUNNER-1 satellite’s design got inspiration from Terran Orbital’s advanced avionics platform and a unique electro-optical mission system from ISI. Along with a ground control system and advanced AI capabilities, the RUNNER-1 system enables effective collection and analysis of information. It also provides a rapid response for various scenarios, including infrastructure monitoring, natural disasters, security events, climate change, and more.