A San Francisco startup is set to launch the largest fleet of satellites in history, with 88 craft that will image the entire Earth every day in a breathtaking 50 trillion pixels.
Planet, Inc already has 60 shoebox-sized ‘Doves’ observing our planet, each capable of medium resolution at 3-5 meters, and downloading downloading 50 million square kilometers of imagery every day.
However, with its next launch, planned for Valentine’s day, it will boost that dramatically with the launch of 88 new small satellites, and begin capturing the whole of the Earth every day.
Planet will launch its new satellites on Valentine’s Day from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, and if things go to plan, it will operate a total of 143 satellites—the most of any company in the world
The fleet will be deployed on February 14, heading for an altitude of 500 km (310 miles).
And, they will be combined with the 12 satellites of Flock 2p to create a 100-satellite ‘line scanner’ that will work with the firm’s RapidEye satellites to capture daily images of the entire Earth.
The craft are expected to be fully operational by this coming summer, according to The Atlantic.