TAG: satellite launch

High-resolution Earth observation satellites ready for launch

September 5, 2017By
Six SSL-built small satellites for Planet's Earth observation constellation have arrived at Vandenberg AFB for launch. (Photo: SSL)

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a provider of satellites and spacecraft systems, built the six high-resolution small satellites for Planet for its SkySat Earth observation constellation — a fleet Planet gained through the acquisition of the Terra Bella business from Google in April 2017. The satellites will double Planet’s high-resolution imaging capabilities and help provide information about the physical world. The satellites, called... read more

Sentinel-2B satellite launched for Europe’s Copernicus program

March 7, 2017By
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The Sentinel-2B satellite was launched for the European Commission on Monday, March 6, at 10:49 p.m. local time from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Following the successful launches of Sentinel-1A, Sentinel-2A and Sentinel-1B, the mission with Sentinel-2B marks the fourth satellite in the European Commission’s Copernicus Earth observation program to be orbited by Arianespace from the... read more

WorldView-4 satellite heads to Vandenberg for September launch

July 13, 2016By
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Final preparations are underway at Lockheed Martin to ship DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 Earth imaging satellite to Vandenberg Air Force Base for a Sept. 15 launch. The Lockheed Martin team is completing final satellite testing and checkout before shipment. Testing includes calculating the weight and center of gravity of WorldView-4, completing a health check of major systems, and testing out image collection... read more