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Earth’s orbit will display a flotilla of tiny satellites
Planet Labs company received additional investment of $ 52 million dollars to implement its project to conclusion into orbit a whole fleet of tiny satellites that will constantly send photos of the Earth on a special server.
Planet Labs – a company that was founded in 2010, former engineers, scientists and developers of SpaceX , Space Systems Loral, NASA, Google and many other well-known organizations.
Tiny satellites codenamed «Dove» («dove” – Eng.) Will take the Earth’s surface at a very high resolution and superior image quality. Earlier this year, the company has managed to launch four satellites in orbit Dove and test them in combat. Planet Labs executives plan to provide access to the resulting information from its satellites to everyone without any restrictions. Satellite photographs will benefit both commercial organizations and private individuals. Not for nothing that the three main principles of the company are: quality work, responsiveness and openness of information.
Пробный снимок, сделанный с одного из тестовых спутников Dove
There are not very pleasant time in this project. For the sake of reducing costs and improving the quality of images the first full band consisting of 28 satellites will be lifted into orbit lower than the one on which at the moment there are all the other satellites. Eventually constellation Planet Labs will slowly but surely decline and eventually “dove” is inevitably going to burn in the Earth’s atmosphere. Nevertheless, up to this point, according to experts, should go from 1 to 3 years, and during this time you can get a lot of useful information.
Процесс сборки спутника
Along with the new investment to the company at the moment is the sum of 65 million dollars. With this money, the company can afford pretty much even on a cosmic scale. Each satellite will be made in the individual production shop Planet Labs, located in San Francisco. Company executives firmly believe in the success of your project, which will create a new, more qualitative photographic map of the surface of our planet.
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