Planet to leverage NASA contract with SES, Telesat to add RF inter-satellite links to its Pelican high-res satellites

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — Satellite geospatial imagery service provider Planet Labs will be outfitting one or more of its new-generation Pelican high-resolution satellites with radio-frequency inter-satellite-link terminals to communicate with geostationary- and non-geostationary-orbit satellites owned by SES and Telesat under contracts with NASA.

The inter-satellite terminals to be placed on Planet’s Pelican spacecraft will communicate to GEO-orbit SES and Telesat satellites in C-band, and in Ka-band to SES’s medium-Earth-orbit . . .

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