Spaceflight Successfully Launches 12 Planet Dove Satellites on ISRO’s PSLV
[Via Satellite 06-22-2016] Spaceflight, the leading provider of integrated launch services for small satellites, has successfully launched a flock of 12 Planet Dove satellites from the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The 12 spacecraft are shoebox-sized satellites that will be delivered into Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) to provide imaging data.
Spaceflight previously arranged for the launch of Planet’s Dove 1 and Dove 2 satellites in April 2013, as well as its first flock of satellites from the International Space Station (ISS) in January 2014 with partner NanoRacks. Spaceflight then arranged for the launch of 11 more Dove satellites, known as Flock 1c, from the Dnepr launch vehicle through partner Innovative Solutions in Space.
Spaceflight has negotiated the launch of 81 satellites on behalf of its customers and has contracts to deploy more than 150 satellites through 2018. The company plans to coordinate its largest launch to date — 89 spacecraft — to be deployed by Spaceflight’s Sherpa tug from a SpaceX Falcon 9 later this year.