PlanetScope

PlanetScope is making near real-time imagery a reality with its impressive archive of 3-m medium-resolution multispectral data.

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The PlanetScope Advantage

Near Real-Time

Over 150 PlanetScope Doves orbit our planet every 90 minutes, providing near real-time imagery of most locations.

Massive Collection Capacity

PlanetScope is collecting over 340 million square kilometers of imagery every day to create a massive archive of global satellite data.

Superior Monitoring

Daily revisits at 3-m resolution is perfect for monitoring the day-to-day movement of many commercial goods and land use changes.


Overview & HistoryPlanetScope SpecificationsPricing

Planet launched their first Dove microsatellites in 2015 with multiple launches in subsequent years. As of 2019, over 150 PlanetScope microsats were orbiting the planet, providing daily imagery of most Earth’s landmass at 3-meter resolution with 4 multispectral bands (i.e. blue, green, red and near-infrared [NIR]).

Planet continues to improve their Doves with multiple launches each year – a major differentiator to macrosatellites like WorldView-3 which only improve every 5 to 10 years with each new launch. Doves commissioned in late 2018 and beyond use a new high-performance PS2.SD butcher-block filter. It combines four consecutive frames to create color and NIR composite images.


Launch Details

  • Launch Date: multiple, clustered Dove microsat launches since 2015
    • Early launches: December 6, 2015, Flock 2e, 6 ISS orbit Doves; March 23, 2016, Flock 2e’, 18 ISS orbit Doves; June 22, 2016, Flock 2p, 9 SSO orbit Doves
    • Middle launches: February 15, 2017, 3:58 UTC, Flock 3p, 71 SSO orbit Doves; July 14, 2017, 6:36 UTC, Flock 2k, 48 SSO orbit Doves; October 31, 2017, 21:37 UTC, Flock 3m, 4 SSO orbit Doves; January 12, 2018, 3:59 UTC, Flock 3p’, 4 tech demo SSO orbit Doves; January 21, 2018, 1:43 UTC, 1 Dove Pioneer SSO orbit
    • PS2.SD launches: November 29, 2018, Flock 3r, 16 Dove Pioneers SSO orbit; December 3, 2018 18:34 UTC, Flock 3s, 3 Dove Pioneers SSO orbit; December 27, 2018, Flock 3k, 12 Dove Pioneers SSO orbit; April 1, 2019 03:57 UTC, Flock 4a, 20 Next-Gen Doves SSO orbit
  • Estimated Lifetime: 1 year (ISS orbit); 2-3 years (SSO orbit)


PlanetScope Components

  • Satellite Platform 3U CubeSat
  • Microsatellite Dimensions 10-cm x 10-cm x 30-cm; 5 kg
  • Power Systems: solar cells and batteries; no propulsion on most Doves other than at least one on Flock 3p’
  • Imaging System: frame-based camera
  • Optical Filter:
    • Pre-late 2018 – PS2
    • Post-late 2018 – PS2.SD


Orbit Characteristics

  • Altitude: 475 km
  • Direction: sun-synchronous orbit, north to south (across the lit side of Earth)
  • Equatorial Crossing Time: variable, International Space Station Orbit); 9:30 – 11:30 local time, Sun Synchronous Orbit (approximate times; across lit side of Earth)
  • Revisit Frequency: daily (or more) to locations within +/- 81.5 degrees Latitude

Imaging System

  • Spectral Bands: 4-band multispectral (blue, green, red and NIR)
  • Sensor Resolution:
    • At nadir – 3.0-m, International Space Station Orbit, ISS (depends on altitude as well)
    • At nadir – 3.7-m, Sun Synchronous Orbit, SSO (depends on altitude as well)
  • Spectral Band Wavelength Range: (in nm)
    • Blue – 455 to 515
    • Green – 500 to 590
    • Red – 590 to 670
    • NIR – 780 to 860 (not present on some older Doves)
  • Dynamic Range: 12-bits


Collection Capabilities

  • Footprint Width: 24.6 km x 16.4 km (at reference altitude)
  • Daily Collection Capacity: 8,100 sq km, International Space Station Orbit; 20,000 sq km, Sun Synchronous Orbit (per Dove, per orbit); 200 to 340 million sq km (approximate daily combined capacity, as of August 2019)
  • Georeferenced Horizontal Accuracy: 10-m or less RMSE (global average; depends on terrain)

Below is the least expensive, color PlanetScope data offered. Prices increase for new collections, monitoring and data processing. Note that academic and volume discounts are available.

For an exact quote, please contact our Sales Team at sales@apollomapping.com.

Interested in finding out more about the PS2.SD butcher-block filter on PlanetScope Doves?

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