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Dove Satellite Constellation (3m)

Dove satellite constellation holds the world record of the most satellites launched at once from one rocket and will collect imagery up to 2 million km² per day. The Dove satellite constellation is a fleet of nanosatellites deployed from the International Space Station to take images of Earth. The satellite constellation is operated by Planet Labs Inc., 88 nanosatellites called Doves weighing only 11 pounds each, provides 3 meter multispectral image resolution for a variety of mapping applications including several humanitarian and environmental applications, from monitoring deforestation and urbanization to improving natural disaster relief and agricultural yields around the world. The constellation revisits more frequently than any existing government or commercial satellites.

Satellite Sensor Specifications


International Space Station Orbit

Sun Synchronous Orbit




Expected Lifetime

1 year per satellite; constellation is replenished over time

2-3 years per satellite; constellation is replenished over time

Orbital Insertion Altitude

420 km

475 km (target altitude for future SSO launches

Equator Crossing Time


9:30-11:30am local solar time

Sensor Type

Bayer-masked CCD camera

Bayer-masked CCD camera

Spectral Bands

Red: 610 - 700 nm

Green: 500 - 590 nm

Blue: 420 - 530 nm

NIR: 770 - 900 nm

Red: 610 - 700 nm

Green: 500 - 590 nm

Blue: 420 - 530 nm

NIR: 770 - 900 nm

Ground Sampling Distance (Nadir)

2.7m - 3.2m

3.7m - 4.9m

Mission Continuity

Maintain up to 55 satellite constellation

(continually replenishing/upgrading


Maintain 100-150 satellite constellation

(continually replenishing/upgrading


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