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Satellite details
Acronym Pelican
Full name Pelican
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • Next generation of Planet's high resolution earth surface imaging satellites to replace the SkySat constellation with higher spatial resolution, lower latency and more rapid repeat cycles.
  • Constellation of up to 32 satellites planned
  • Main mission: high-resolution land observation and disaster monitoring.
  • The satellites are in a variety of low-earth orbits.  
Mass at launch Dry mass
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 475 km


Space agency Planet
Status Commissioning
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Pelican-1 launched on 11 Nov 2023 is a tech demo satellite and will not provide imagery to users 
Launch 11 Nov 2023 EOL ≥2039
Last update: 2023-11-13
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on Pelican

Acronym Full name
Pelican Imager Pelican Imager
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