• Question: Can you see planes from your satellite? :-)

    Asked by LBG06 to Stephen, Helen on 9 Mar 2018.
    • Photo: Stephen Williams

      Stephen Williams answered on 9 Mar 2018:


      Yes you can. This image is taken from a satellite and you can clearly see planes on the ground – I think it’s amazing.

      https://www.sstl.co.uk/Media-Gallery/Images/1-metre-pan-image-of-Sydney-airport

    • Photo: Helen O'Brien

      Helen O'Brien answered on 13 Mar 2018:


      The satellites which we work with at Imperial College are all too far away to see planes! The closest satellites we work with here are the 4 Cluster spacecraft. They are in Earth orbit with a minimum altitude of 13000 km. Planes tend to go up to 10km. All our other spacecraft have left Earth orbit.

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