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Planet Constellation

The world's largest constellation of Earth imaging satellites

Introducing the Pelican Constellation

Rapid, Responsive, Resilient

When operational, Pelican will be Planet’s next-generation satellite constellation.

Designed with the future in mind, Pelican is planned to offer orders-of-magnitude improvements in capacity, speed, and accuracy.

From higher revisit, to higher resolution, to ultra-fast acquisition, Pelican is designed to provide a leap forward in capabilities, giving you the information you need to act confidently in the face of change. Coming in 2023.

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Up to 32 

satellites

Up to 30

captures per day

30 cm

resolution

5 minutes

Ultra-Fast Acquisition

Planet Constellation

Planet currently operates two constellations. The satellites that comprise each constellation have unique spatial, temporal, and radiometric resolutions, allowing us to capture Earth’s activities from multiple perspectives and dimensions. Our Dove satellites are small—only 10x10x30 centimeters in size—which allow us to launch for less cost, more often.

 

Planet acquired the RapidEye constellation in 2015, giving us one of the largest archives of 5 meter resolution imagery and access to a global customer base. After operating for 11 years, outperforming its design life, the RapidEye constellation was retired in March 2020.

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Doves are about the size of a shoebox and weigh approximately five kilograms, which is many orders of magnitude smaller than traditional satellites. 

Currently there are more than 200 satellites in orbit covering 350 million km² each day, providing images with approximately 3m  resolution

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SkySat constellation is comprised of 21 satellites. SkySats can be tasked to image any point on Earth in high resolution 50 cm and at sub-daily frequency. They can also capture stereo imagery and video footage for up to 90 seconds.

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The RapidEye constellation was launched into space in 2008 – seven years before the first Dove flock went up. Each RapidEye satellite is about the size and weight of a mini refrigerator, and like the Doves, captures imagery in a line-scanner fashion.

Over their lifetime, the RapidEye satellites amassed one of the largest archives of 5m resolution imagery ever. The constellation was retired in March 2020.

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