NanoRacks-Planet Labs-Dove (NanoRacks-Planet Labs-Dove ) - 07.15.14
ISS Science for Everyone
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NanoRacks-Planet Labs-Dove is a fleet of nanosatellites deployed from the International Space Station to take images of Earth from space. The satellites are designed, built and operated by Planet Labs Inc., which provides the imagery to a variety of users on the ground. The satellites focus on areas within 52 degrees of Earth’s equator, where most human populations and agricultural areas are located, and they revisit the same areas more frequently than any existing government or commercial satellites. The images have several humanitarian and environmental applications, from monitoring deforestation and melting ice caps to improving natural disaster relief and agricultural yields in developing nations.
Science Results for Everyone
OpNom NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer
NanoRacks, LLC, Houston, TX, United States
Planet Labs Inc., San Francisco, CA, United States
Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Laboratory (NL)
Earth Benefits, Scientific Discovery, Space Exploration
ISS Expedition Duration
September 2013 - March 2015
Previous ISS Missions
The Earth is a constantly changing planet, and many vitally important changes are happening on a global scale. Humanity needs better tools to help monitor the Earth so that we can collectively make better informed decisions that affect our lives and the lives of generations to come.
NanoRacks-Planet Labs–Dove images the Earth with a fleet of nanosatellites, and Planet Labs makes that data accessible to those who need it the most.
NanoRacks-Planet Labs–Dove data has a significant impact on a variety of applications, including deforestation monitoring, disaster response, and agricultural management.
NanoRacks-Planet Labs–Dove collects Earth imagery with a resolution of 3 to 5 meters at a global-scale with a revisit rate currently unprecedented among existing government or commercial satellite systems. NanoRacks-Planet Labs–Dove collects imagery of latitudes within 52 degrees of the equator, an area that covers the vast majority the world’s population and agricultural regions. The imagery is similar to that of Dove 1 and Dove 2, Planet Labs’ successful technology demonstration missions that were launched in April, 2013. Sample imagery may be accessed at www.planet-labs.com.
Planet Labs is launching NanoRacks-Planet Labs–Dove series, a fleet of 28 Earth imaging nanosatellites individually known as the “Dove” satellites, and collectively known as “Flock 1”, to image the changing planet. These nanosatellites enable imagery of the entire planet to be taken on a more frequent basis. Humanitarian applications range from monitoring deforestation and the ice caps to disaster relief and improving agriculture yields in developing nations. Planet Labs provides universal access to this entirely unprecedented data set, with the goal of enabling maximal utility of the data.
Planet Labs is launching the next installment of the NanoRacks-Planet Labs–Dove series, another fleet of 28 Earth imaging nanosatellites individually known as the “Dove” satellites, and collectively known as “Flock 1b”, to image the changing planet. These nanosatellites work in unison with Flock 1 to enable imagery of the entire planet to be taken on a more frequent basis. Humanitarian applications range from monitoring deforestation and the ice caps to disaster relief and improving agriculture yields in developing nations. Planet Labs provides universal access to this entirely unprecedented data set, with the goal of enabling maximal utility of the data.
Planet Labs develops and builds small, highly capable satellites that use advanced electronics and computers. The satellites' small form factor can be repurposed for a variety of missions. The satellites are delivered to the International Space Station on a cargo mission and are deployed from the ISS, taking advantage of already-existing infrastructure and frequent access to space.
The fleet of Dove satellites collects Earth imagery with a resolution of 3 to 5 meters at a global scale. These images are used to improve environmental monitoring and agricultural management, as well as track natural disasters and responses to them. Users include the real estate and construction industry, the financial services and insurance industry, and scientific and academic researchers.
NanoRacks CubeSats are delivered to the ISS already integrated within a NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD). A crewmember transfers each NRCSD from the launch vehicle to the JEM. Visual inspection for damage to each NRCSD is performed. When CubeSat deployment operations begin, the NRCSDs are unpacked, mounted on the JAXA Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) and placed on the JEM airlock slide table for transfer outside the ISS. A crewmember operates the JEM Remote Manipulating System (JRMS) – to grapple and position for deployment. CubeSats are deployed when JAXA ground controllers command a specific NRCSD.
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