The SkySat constellation is the VHR component of Planets satellite image portfolio.
Skysat-A and B generation satellites were launched in 2013/14.The SkySat-C generation satellite (60 x 60 x 95 cm) is a high-resolution Earth imaging satellite, first launched in 2016, all collecting thousands of square kilometres of imagery. Each satellite is 3-axis stabilized and agile enough to slew between different targets of interest. Each satellite has four thrusters for orbital control, along with four reaction wheels and three magnetic torquers for attitude control.
All SkySats contain Cassegrain telescopes with a focal length of 3.6m, with three 5.5 megapixel CMOS imaging detectors making up the focal plane. Imagery are captured in a continuous strip of single frame images known as "scenes", which are all acquired in the blue, green, red, NIR-infrared, and panchromatic bands.
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:
04 September 2018
ESA and Planet are pleased to announce the opportunity to freely access, up to the end of the year, PlanetScope and SkySat data over three European demonstration sites: Demmin, Wilhelmshaven and Berlin.
Mission Facts and Figures
SkySat Sensor Specification