Mission At-A-Glance:

  • Customers: Planet
  • Launch Vehicle: PSLV
  • Launch Location: India’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre
  • Orbit: LEO

Spaceflight successfully launched a flock of 12 Planet Dove satellites from India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on this mission. The 12 spacecraft were shoebox-sized satellites that were delivered into lower Earth orbit to provide imaging data.

“CubeSats like the Dove continue to push the boundaries of what commercial small satellite technology looks like today,” said Curt Blake, president of Spaceflight. “Coupling them with our integrated launch services and the PSLV rocket, which continues to be one of the most routine and reliable avenues for us to launch our customers’ satellites, makes it easier and more affordable for organizations like Planet to execute their space missions.”

Spaceflight previously arranged for the launch of Planet’s Dove 1 and Dove 2 satellites in April 2013, as well as its first flock of satellites from the International Space Station in January 2014 with partner NanoRacks. Spaceflight then arranged for the launch of 11 more Dove satellites, known as Flock 1c, from the Dnepr launch vehicle through partner Innovative Solutions in Space.

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