Two Maxar SSL-built satellites for Planet receive first images


Imagery of Beijing, China captured by SSL-built SkySat

SSL, a Maxar Technologies company, and a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, announced that Earth Observation satellites built for Planet are now receiving initial imagery. SkySats 14 and 15 were launched on December 3 from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Spaceflight’s first Sun Synchronous dedicated rideshare mission aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9. First imagery was received on December 5. Successful operation of the two satellites demonstrates SSL’s ongoing success in small form factor satellite manufacturing.

“SSL continues to extend its leadership in Earth observation satellite manufacturing,” said Dario Zamarian, SSL Group President. “Our proven successes in commercial innovation allow us to continue to provide customers the experience and reliability they want, with the cost and timeline objectives they require for innovative satellite platforms.”

With this launch there are 15 SkySats on-orbit, 13 of which were built by SSL. They feature 72 cm resolution and complement Planet’s Dove constellation.

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