Mission background

Planet Labs (now more commonly called simply 'Planet') launch of the Planetscope DOVEs is organised around the main idea to image Earth every day.

Planet designes, builds and operates ultra-compact, inexpensive cubesats which can be manufactured in bulk. 
130+ DOVES from PlanetScope have been launched into very similar orbit planes, circling Earth every 90 minutes

  • 12 satellites on 22 June 2016
  • 88 satellites on 15 February 2017
  • 48 satellites on 14 July 2017
  • 4 satellites on 31 October 2017
  • 4 satellites on 12 January 2018
  • 16 satellites on 29 November 2018
  • 3 satellites on 3 December 2018
  • 12 satellites on 27 December 2018
  • 20 satellites on 1 April 2019
  • 12 satellites on 29 November 2019

Satellite design

Each of the satellites is calibrated with an absolute accuracy of better than 5%.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Mass 5.8 kg
Dimensions 10 cm x 10 cm x 30 cm each
Design lifetime 2-3 years

Mission Operations

The fleet of DOVE satellites operate in a relatively low orbit of only 450-500 km. The operational satellites take images with resolutions of 3.7-4.0 m/pixel.