SKYSAT-1 APPROVED FOR TAKEOFF
Palo Alto, California – April 20, 2010: Skybox Imaging announced today that the Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has granted Skybox a license to operate a private, commercial, remote sensing satellite named “SkySat-1.”
SkySat-1 is a commercial Earth observation satellite, licensed to collect high resolution panchromatic and multispectral images of the earth. The satellite will operate in a polar inclined, circular orbit at approximately 450 km above the earth. Skybox becomes only the fifth organization licensed to provide high resolution space-based imagery of Earth.
Dan Berkenstock, Skybox Chief Executive Officer, said “Receipt of our NOAA license is a key milestone along to road towards democratizing access to satellite imagery. Skybox will provide imagery to commercial users at a level of quality and timeliness that was previously only available to large government users. NOAA licensing is a concrete example of the US government’s move to commercialize the space industry and Skybox is pleased to be on the forefront of this new frontier “
About the regulator
The Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is an agency of the United States Department of Commerce.
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