CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - SkySat-1 -
Full Name SkySat-1 Status Operational (extended)
Mission Agencies Planet Launch Date 21 Nov 2013
Mission Links mission site EOL Date Nov 2024
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog #
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Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period
Orbit Sense Orbit Inclination
Orbit Altitude 575 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications The SkySat constellation collects thousands of square kilometers of imagery. Each satellite is three-axis stabilised and agile enough to slew between different targets of interest.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
LandMulti-purpose imagery (land) SkySat Camera
Mission Instruments
SkySat Camera - SkySat Camera
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SkySat is a constellation of 21 high-resolution Earth imaging satellites owned and operated by the commercial company Planet. SkySat-1 was launched in 2013 and a launch programme has followed. The first two SkySat satellites (SkySat-1 and SkySat-2) are A and B Generations, the other 19 satellites are modernised C Generation satellites. Six of the C-Generation SkySat satellites (from SkySat-16 to SkySat-21) were launched into non-sun-synchronous orbits to increase the image cadence between 52 degrees northern and southern latitude up to 6-7 times per day on worldwide average, with a maximum of 12. ESA offers worldwide access to Skysat data (both archive and new tasking) via the TPM scheme. Read more

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