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ISRO's PSLV C-37 rocket Launch: Out of 104 satellites 88 belonged to US firm

Every single Dove satellite has a 200 mbps downlink speed that is capable of collecting imagery of more than 2 million sq km per day.The Dove’s main camera captures images at 3 to 5 meters resolution as the satellite completes an orbit in roughly 90 minutes.


By   |  Updated On : February 16, 2017 09:55 AM
India’s PSLV C-37 rocket Launch: Out of 104 satellites 88 belonged to US firm (File Photo)

India’s PSLV C-37 rocket Launch: Out of 104 satellites 88 belonged to US firm (File Photo)

New Delhi :  

One of the main beneficiaries of Indian Space Agency's history Launch 104 satellites launch at one go with a single rocket was a US Firm which operates the largest privately owned constellation of Earth-mage satellites.

According to the planet that was formed by a team of former NASA Scientists in 2010, which was accounted for 88 satellites that was placed in an orbit by the Indian Space Research Organisation's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle on Wednesday.

In a company’s website post it said that the successful launch of its Dove satellites by Isro has helped it to reach its mission of being able “to image all of Earth’s landmass every day”.

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Every single Dove satellite has a 200 mbps downlink speed that is capable of collecting imagery of more than 2 million sq km per day. 
The Dove’s main camera captures images at 3 to 5 meters resolution as the satellite completes an orbit in roughly 90 minutes.

“Tonight is the culmination of a huge effort over the past five years. In 2011 we set ourselves the audacious mission of imaging the entire Earth land area every day,” Robbie Schingler, Planet’s co-founder and chief strategy officer, wrote.

“We calculated that it would take between 100-150 satellites to achieve this, and we started building them. After today’s launch, Planet operates 144 satellites in orbit. We have reached our milestone,” he added.

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The data from these satellites will allow “humanity would be able to have a significant positive impact on many of the world’s greatest challenges”, Planet said.

According to the firm, it says that the data from the satellites can be used to measure agricultural yields, monitor natural resources and help first responders during natural disasters.

The Planet has launched its 15th Dove satellites on Wednesday and is planning to launch the second batch into the space on India’s PSLV rocket. The firm is expected to commission all the 88 satellites for normal imaging operations in three months.

First Published: Thursday, February 16, 2017 09:44 AM

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