SpaceX launches 44 SuperDove satellites for Planet Labs

Fri, 14 Jan 2022 02:33:52 GMT
Space Daily

San Francisco CA (SPX) Jan 13, 2022 Planet Labs reports the successful launch of its 4x Flock...

Planet Labs reports the successful launch of its 4x Flock, consisting of 44 SuperDove satellites, into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The company has established contact with all of the SuperDove satellites, many within two minutes of the final deployment, upholding Planet's record of successfully connecting with 100% of all Planet satellites launched.

These 44 satellites will join Planet's existing fleet of roughly 200 satellites in orbit.

Planet has now launched 127 satellites across eight launches with SpaceX, and over 500 satellites total since the company's founding 10 years ago.

With the latest addition of 44 SuperDove satellites, the company's PlanetScope product will continue to offer customers satellite data captured from the latest and strongest technology.

Planet uses just-in-time manufacturing to ensure it can continually innovate the technology onboard their spacecraft before shipment to the launch site.

Planet has built and launched the largest fleet of Earth observation satellites in history.

Its fleet of both medium- and high-resolution satellites has collected an unprecedented amount of earth observation data over the last 10 years, creating a deep st ack of 1,700 images on average for every spot on the Earth's landmass.

Pixxel's imaging satellites, capable of 5 meter hyperspectral imaging, will help Rio Tinto assess the benefits the technology may provide in mineral exploration, monitoring active and closed mine sites as well as track ESG indicators.

Rio Tinto will begin its assessment of the technology following the release of imagery from Pixxel's first high-resolution satellite set to launch early this year.