Skeyeon, Inc. has developed all the unique technologies necessary to orbit satellite platforms at an altitude of 250 km. Such technologies include atomic oxygen resistant materials; low-drag satellite shape and low-drag material coatings; compact and inexpensive electric propulsion enabling 2-3 year missions; high bandwidth, real-time RF links; and a 1 meter resolution optical telescope compressed into a 10 cm high framework. A constellation of 100’s-1,000’s of these vehicles will generate high resolution images or data at <1 hour revisit rates. This vision targets a vehicle cost of $250k, reducing to $100k in volume.

The Skeyeon VLEO satellite can serve as a platform for multiple mission applications that can benefit exponentially from the reduced altitude. Compared to a typical LEO orbit (say 500 km), Skeyeon's platform would reduce RF power consumption by 4X (1/r^2) and improve optical image performance by 8X (1/r^3). other example applications include IR imagery, radio tracki...
Skeyeon, Inc. has developed all the unique technologies necessary to orbit satellite platforms at an altitude of 250 km. Such technologies include atomic oxygen resistant materials; low-drag satellite shape and low-drag material coatings; compact and inexpensive electric propulsion enabling 2-3 year missions; high bandwidth, real-time RF links; and a 1 meter resolution optical telescope compressed into a 10 cm high framework. A constellation of 100’s-1,000’s of these vehicles will generate high resolution images or data at <1 hour revisit rates. This vision targets a vehicle cost of $250k, reducing to $100k in volume.

The Skeyeon VLEO satellite can serve as a platform for multiple mission applications that can benefit exponentially from the reduced altitude. Compared to a typical LEO orbit (say 500 km), Skeyeon's platform would reduce RF power consumption by 4X (1/r^2) and improve optical image performance by 8X (1/r^3). other example applications include IR imagery, radio tracking and reception, and a possible backup GPS system.

Skeyeon’s developments have been funded by two million dollar angel (small) investor rounds; and each of the key technologies above has been demonstrated. A first payload, a 1 m resolution telescope, is currently being manufactured and tested with private funds. A second generation telescope with improved performance and lower cost has been designed as part of a Phase I SBIR award.

The Skeyeon Ultra Low Earth Orbit (ULEO) satellite is approximately 25 cm wide, 15 cm tall, 1 m long and about 20 kg. It is not a collection of small payloads assembled in a standard nanosatellite bus. Rather, it is a highly integrated satellite system.

Not only will this be a satellite platform breakthrough, it also solves the space junk problem, since our vehicles will operate in ‘uncontested’ orbits that are 100’s of km below LEO satellites, with an expected de-orbit time of weeks. Being in a self-cleaning orbit makes the Skeyeon concept immune to hostile attack and to runaway space junk collisions (the Kessler Syndrome).

Skeyeon's launch plan is for 10-20 initial satellites each carrying two imagers (telescopes) that use concentric folded lens (CFL) optics, matching sub-meter ground resolution of the best satellite imagers not currently achievable in a nanosatellite platform. Initial cash flow from existing EO customers (primarily DoD and industrials) will be leveraged to expand the constellation revenues and customer base.
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