Planet Labs to launch 4 satellites on board India’s PSLV-C40

Planet Labs Inc, a U.S-based integrated aerospace and data analytics company, said that four of its Dove satellites will be launched aboard India’s PSLV-C40 mission, scheduled to fly in January next year.

The primary payload for this mission is Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Cartosat-2 Series satellite, and Planet’s four satellites will ride as secondary payloads.

In February this year, Planet’s 88 Dove satellites travelled on the PSLV-C37 as part of ISRO’s record-breaking launch of 104 satellites.

The four Dove satellites on the upcoming launch are tech demos responsible for testing improvements to several of the satellite subsystems, including camera technology, thermal control, and altitude determination & control system, Planet Labs said in a statement.

The company, founded in 2010, said it launches tech demo satellites several times a year to ensure they are using the latest and most advanced technology. These advancements are then incorporated into future operational fleet.

The company operates a fleet of earth-imaging satellites, collecting a massive amount of information about the planet.

(Agencies)

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