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Mission type Optical imaging
Operator Cosmogia
COSPAR ID 2013-015C
SATCAT № 39132
Mission duration 180 days planned
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type 3U CubeSat
Manufacturer Cosmogia
Launch mass 5.8 kilograms (13 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date 19 April 2013, 10:00:00 (2013-04-19UTC10Z) UTC[2]
Rocket Soyuz-2-1a
Launch site Baikonur 31/6
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 569 kilometers (354 mi)
Apogee 580 kilometers (360 mi)
Inclination 64.87 degrees
Period 1.60 hours
Epoch 31 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 Dove 2 mission.[4]

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 the 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. 

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