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SpaceX Blog Posts

SkySats 16-21 to Launch on SpaceX Falcon 9 Rideshare Missions

News

Planet is set to launch six more SkySat satellites (SkySats 16-21) into Low Earth Orbit this summer, rounding out the fleet of 15 SkySats already in operation. SkySats 1-15 operate in Sun Synchronous Orbits, a specific type of Low Earth Orbit that results in the Earth’s surface always being illuminated by the […]

Rocket Launch Trends Roaring into the 2020s

Tech

It’s never been easier to launch satellites into space, and things are only getting better for satellite operators. A multitude of launch vehicles and orbits are available to satellite missions ranging from Kickstarter-funded garage efforts to serious commercial endeavours. Today, we’re recapping some of the most important launch trends of the last […]

The End of a Decade: The Start of a New Space Era

Tech

Over the last decade, we’ve entered the era of the “Space Renaissance,” a rebirth of space activities that are accelerating innovation. Agile aerospace—a philosophy of spacecraft development that encourages rapid iteration—was largely just a thought-kernel in the minds of aerospace experts 10 years ago, and now it’s an ideal that many in […]

Flock 3s and 2 SkySats successfully Launch on Falcon 9 SSO-A

News

Two SkySat satellites and three latest-generation Dove satellites (Flock 3s) were successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base on December 3rd. Planet was the lead payload on Spaceflight’s SSO-A launch, otherwise known as the the SmallSat Express, which included 64 satellites from 35 different organizations across […]

14 Doves Bound for ISS on SpaceX CRS-6 Launch

News

UPDATE: Launch has been scrubbed. CRS-6 launch now scheduled for Tuesday April, 14, 2015, 4:10 pm EDT Fourteen more Doves are heading to the ISS. On Monday, April 13, 2015, our Doves will launch as secondary payload on SpaceX’s Dragon CRS-6 ISS resupply mission. The launch is scheduled for 4:33 pm EDT from […]

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