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Terra Bella’s SkySat 3 Sends Back First Pictures

By Caleb Henry | July 1, 2016
      SkySat 3 Skybox Terra Bella

      Chicago’s Soldier Field stadium as seen by SkySat 3. Photo: Terra Bella

      [Via Satellite 07-01-2016] SkySat 3, the third satellite of Terra Bella (formerly Skybox Imaging) has downlinked its first images following its June 22 launch aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The satellite launched with 19 other co-passengers and was released into a 500 km sun-synchronous orbit.

      Terra Bella received the first image less than 72 hours after launch, which shows Chicago on June 25, 2016 at 10:40AM local time. SkySat 3 is a prototype for Terra Bella’s SkySat C series of spacecraft that SSL is building. Terra Bella has 18 more SkySat C satellites planned, of which 11 have launches already booked.