Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Record-breaking 104 satellites to launch on a single rocket from India tonight

This evening, an Indian PSLV rocket will launch from Sriharikota, India, carrying a gigantic haul of satellites into space. Up to 104 satellites are perched on top of the vehicle — the largest crop of satellites to ever launch on a single rocket at once before.

The largest crop of satellites to ever launch on a single rocket

A big chunk of those space probes — 88, in fact — belong to Planet, a US private imaging company with high ambitions of continuously monitoring the Earth from space. The satellites that Planet is sending up tonight are called Doves, and together they’re considered part of Flock 3p. The Doves are the company’s signature miniaturized space probes that can take pictures of Earth at relatively high resolutions. Planet...

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