An Indian rocket will shatter a satellite-launching record tonight (Feb. 14) if everything goes according to plan.
A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is scheduled to lift off from India's Satish Dhawan Space Center at 10:58 p.m. EST tonight (0358 GMT on Feb. 15) with a whopping 104 satellites on board. The current record for most spacecraft lofted in a single launch is 37, set by a Ukrainian Dnepr rocket in June 2014.
The primary payload atop the PSLV is India's Cartosat-2 Earth-observation satellite. The other 103 spacecraft are nanosatellites provided by organizations from a number of countries: India, Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. [Photos: Tiny Satellites in Space]
The vast majority of the tiny spacecraft are from the U.S.; indeed, San Francisco-based company Planet (formerly known as Planet Labs) owns 88 of them. Each of these Earth-observing satellites, known as Doves, is just 12 inches long by 4 inches wide by 4 inches high (30 by 10 by 10 centimeters) and weighs about 10 lbs. (4.5 kilograms). Despite their small size, Doves have very sharp vision: From low-Earth orbit, they can resolve surface features just 10 feet (3 meters) across, Planet representatives have said.
Together, the 104 satellites atop the PSLV weigh about 3,040 lbs. (1,380 kg), according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). More than half of that weight comes from Cartosat-2, which accounts for 1,574 lbs. (714 kg) by itself.
Arianespace’s Vega continued its track record of success tonight, orbiting five new sets of “eyes” that will observe the planet Earth in very high resolution: a cluster of four SkySat satellites for U.S.-based operator Terra Bella and the Peruvian PerúSAT-1 spacecraft.
Lifting off from the Spaceport’s SLV launch site at 10:43:35 local time in French Guiana – the planned precise moment of launch – Vega lofted its multi-satellite payload during a flight lasting approximately 1 hour and 42 minutes.
Designated Flight VV07, the mission was Vega’s seventh since beginning operations in 2012 (all seven of which were successful), and it further demonstrated the capabilities of a light-lift vehicle that completes Arianespace’s launcher family – joining the company’s medium-lift Soyuz and heavyweight Ariane 5 in reliable side-by-side operations from the Spaceport in French Guiana. Vega is provided to Arianespace by Italy’s ELV S.P.A., which is the industrial prime contractor.
Tonight’s success also marked the first time since entering its commercial phase that Vega carried passengers on a single launch for two customers/users that are from outside the European market: Terra Bella is a Google company and the four SkySat satellites are its initial payloads entrusted to Arianespace; while PerúSAT-1 was orbited under a turnkey agreement between Airbus Defence and Space and Peru’s CONIDA national space agency.
Next month, DigitalGlobe will be launching a new satellite into space. It’s called WorldView-4, from a tech standpoint, WorldView-4 does a lot of things for us. It more than doubles our 30cm collection capacity, which is far and away the best in the industry. It takes some of the load off of WorldView-3, since we’ll now have two very similar versions of the industry’s best satellite for tasking instead of just one. In short, it helps us do everything we do even better than we do it today.
We have updated our web-site.
From today site is published both in Ukrainian and English languages. Now user registration is not required to use all site features.
For a some time the old version of the site will be available at http://www.old.pixelsolutions.com.ua
Some information has not replicated in the new version - it will appear soon.
- The fully upgraded design - it has become easier and more functional;
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Airbus Defense and Space and American Reliance, Inc. (AMREL) have partnered to integrate GATOR (Geospatial Appliance Targeted for Operational Response) into a rugged one-box laptop solution called the GATOR Rugged Geospatial Laptop. In the most difficult and demanding areas of the world, this encapsulated geospatial server enables easy access to geospatial data even when the internet isn’t available.
WESTMINSTER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced an agreement to make more current satellite imagery of the entire world available to users of Esri’s ArcGIS product family.