With the cubesat standard and more and more components being available off the shelf, this should really bring down the price of building a (simple) earth observation platform.
I am curious how low a price we can get for -for instance- a satellite with the performances of the Planet Labs' Dove, eg 3-4m GSD, NADIR looking, 4 bands. I am only talking about the hardware (no software dev, no qualification costs, no launch costs, etc...).
For some reason, I thought I had heard Planet managed to reach crazy low prices, eg in the $10ks, but if I do some "online shopping" for basic components and add the costs, I really can't see how I could spend less than 100-200k on an imaging cubesat, again just for the hardware.
Does anybody have a clue how much an imaging platform like the dove would cost to build?