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RapidEye (2008)

First low-cost minisatellite constellation for commercial Earth Observation– RapidEye (2008)

SSTL manufactured five SSTL-150 platforms for the RapidEye constellation which launched in 2008.
 
RapidEye is a commercial small satellite mission developed by MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates (MDA). This unique system enables unprecedented global monitoring of the Earth’s surface with 6.5m GSD resolution. The mission provides rapid delivery of land information products and services to the agricultural industry for crop monitoring and mapping, yield predictions and natural disaster assessment.

RapidEye constellation of 5 satellite platforms at SSTL before delivery to MDA