PlanetScope satellite constellation consists of multiple launches of groups of individual satellites (Doves). Therefore, on-orbit capacity is constantly improving in capability or quantity, with technology improvements deployed at a rapid pace.
Each Dove satellite is a CubeSat 3U form factor (10 cm by 10 cm by 30 cm). The complete PlanetScope constellation of more than 120 active satellites in orbit is able to image the entire land surface of the Earth every day (equating to a daily collection capacity of 265 million km²/day). The constellation is constantly "on" and does not require ordering or acquisition planning.
Each of the satellite is calibrated quarterly with an absolute accuracy of better than 5%.
The precise geolocation of PlanetScope data is determined by using different classes of GCP from sub-meter accuracy to USGS LandSat based ones: it allow to ensure a geolocation accuracy of below 10m RMSE, typically 5-8 m.
This mission is considered a Third Party Mission under evaluation. The evaluation will tackle cal/val activities and assess the products specifications. This analysis will be performed in the framework of the Earthnet Data Assessment Pilot (EDAP). The evaluation will also allow any interested user to investigate the suitability of the data for scientific and R&D activities.
ESA offers an opportunity for scientists and researchers to access Planet data (Planetscope and SkySat) products for science and applications development within ESA's Third Party Mission programme.
12 August 2019
As announced on 29 July, the PlanetScope and SkySat missions are Third Party Missions under evaluation.
This will allow any interested user to investigate the suitability of the data for scientific and R&D activities.
Learn more about the available data from these missions:
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