SSTL manufactured five SSTL-150 platforms for the RapidEye constellation which launched in 2008. It was the first low cost minisatellite constellation for commercial Earth Observation.
RapidEye was developed by MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates for RapidEye AG, a German geospatial organisation. The constellation was subsequently sold to BlackBridge and is now owned and managed by Planet.
The high quality data from the constellation is used for agriculture, infrastructure and environmental & social studies.