Mission typeOptical imaging
COSPAR ID2013-015C
SATCAT no.39132
Mission duration180 days planned
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type3U CubeSat
Launch mass5.8 kilograms (13 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date19 April 2013, 10:00:00 (2013-04-19UTC10Z) UTC[2]
Launch siteBaikonur 31/6
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude569 kilometers (354 mi)
Apogee altitude580 kilometers (360 mi)
Inclination64.87 degrees
Period1.60 hours
Epoch31 October 2013, 03:04:08 UTC[3]

Dove-2 is an Earth observation satellite launched as part of a private, commercial, space-based, remote sensing system, licensed to collect images of the Earth. It is currently undertaking an experimental mission in a 575 km circular orbit at an inclination of 64.9 degrees. The Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the United States Department of Commerce, granted a license to Cosmogia Inc. to operate the Dove-2 mission.[4] Cosmogia later changed its name to Planet Labs and started operating flocks of Dove satellites commercially.

The Dove-2 mission is an internal company technology demonstration experiment to test the capabilities of a low-cost spacecraft constrained to the 3U CubeSat form factor to host a small payload.[5]

The Dove-2 satellite was launched at 10:00 UTC April 19, 2013 aboard a Soyuz-2.1a rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.


  1. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Dove 2". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  3. ^ Peat, Chris (29 October 2013). "DOVE 2 - Orbit". Heavens Above. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  4. ^ "NOAA: Dove 2 (Private Remote Sensing License: Public Summary)" (PDF). NOAA Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs.
  5. ^ "FCC: Dove-2 Orbital Debris Assessment Report". Federal Communications Commission / Cosmogia Inc.

External links

  • Planet Labs Inc. (formerly Cosmogia Inc.)
  • "Cosmogia Quietly Puts up Two Earth-imaging Smallsats". Technology Marketing Corp. 2013-04-23.