Planet completes high-res SkySat constellation and launches 26 medium-res SuperDoves satellites
By Mike Safyan, Planet
On 18 August 2020, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched Planet’s SkySats 19, 20 and 21 and injected them into an orbit of approximately 207 x 370 km, 53° inclination. In the coming weeks the satellites will use their onboard propulsion to reach their operational altitude of 400 km, and begin phasing their orbital plane with respect to SkySats 16-18 in order to optimise coverage and revisit.
These three new satellites complete the constellation by joining the 18 others already in orbit and expand the company’s capacity to provide high-resolution images to a variety of commercial, governmental, academic and non-profit organisations.
On 3 September, Planet also launched 26 SuperDoves, Flock 4v. The Flock constellation of Dove and SuperDove satellites provides high-revisit medium-resolution imagery in a variety of spectral bands at a global scale. The first 14 satellites were successfully deployed into an approximately 500 km sun-synchronous orbit, and the remaining 12 satellites will be deployed into a similar orbit over the next several weeks.