SkySats 19-21 successfully launched by SpaceX Falcon 9

Over subsequent several weeks the SkySat satellites will use their onboard propulsion to spice up themselves up to their operational altitude of 400 km.

SkySats 19-21 successfully launched by SpaceX Falcon 9
SkySats 19-21 successfully launched by SpaceX Falcon 9

SkySats 19-21 successfully launched by SpaceX Falcon 9

Three new satellites were recently introduced to the world’s largest fleet of high-resolution imaging satellites family. SkySats 19,20,21 were launched by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 on a Starlink rideshare mission. SkySats 19-21 were successfully pushed into a drop-off orbit. The orbit is of roughly 207 x 370 km, 53-degree inclination.

Over subsequent several weeks the SkySat satellites will use their onboard propulsion to spice up themselves up to their operational altitude of 400 km. They will also begin phasing their orbital plane with respect to SkySats 16-18 in order to maximize coverage and revisit.

Exolaunch has helped deploy these most recent six SkySats with their CarboNIX deployer rings. These three new SkySats join the 18 others already in orbit and expand Planet’s capacity to supply world-class, high-resolution images to a spread of economic, governmental, academic and non-profit organizations.

SkySats 19-21 are the ultimate SkySats to be built and launched in history. They have successfully completed the campaign of 21 satellites originally planned by the SkyBox team in 2009. Eleven years later, the innovation of the SkySat design and mission remains world-class and continues to maneuver the high-resolution satellite industry forward.