Planet Pulse

Updates, insights, fun and other musings about the state of the planet.

Where There’s Smoke…

This morning a wildfire started in southern California, and one of our satellites captured an image of the blaze just 10 minutes after it was reported. Thankfully, the Sabina forest fire is estimated to be fully contained by tomorrow morning.

Visible smoke and flame from the Sabina wildfire in Riverside County. Image optimized for the web.

Visible smoke and flame from the Sabina wildfire in Riverside County. Image optimized for the web.

From the photo, you can see the fire’s size, the path it had burned through, the wind direction, and of course its exact location. This timely and accurate information is essential for wildfire teams in safely containing a blaze. The Planet Labs constellation is always on so we captured this photo without any knowledge of the fire’s existence.  This is exactly the kind of occurrence that will become more and more common as we grow our constellation.

28 Satellites Launching on Sunday: Tune in to launch and briefing!

Update: The launch has been delayed to Sunday, 7/13 at 9:52am Pacific / 12:52pm Eastern, and the article below has been updated to reflect this.


This is an exciting weekend at Planet Labs! There are two events to watch out for, which will be live streamed on NASA TV in the video below:

  • Friday, 7/11 at 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern: Our co-founder Robbie Schingler will be giving a press briefing at NASA Wallops facility
  • Sunday, 7/13 at 9:52am Pacific / 12:52pm Eastern: Antares launch of 28 Planet satellites

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All 28 Flock 1 Satellites Deployed from the ISS

Today the final pair of our satellites was deployed from the International Space Station (ISS). All 28 that we launched in January have been ejected from the ISS over the course of this month, helping them to begin spreading out along the ISS’s orbit. One of the exciting benefits of launching off of the ISS is that we get pictures of our own satellites in space! Thanks to the astronauts for documenting this moment in our history, especially Koichi Wakata.

Planet Labs Satellites being deployed from the ISS

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Planet Labs Raises $52M in Series B Financing

We announced today that we have raised $52 million in Series B financing. New investors joining this round include prominent technology investor Yuri Milner, Industry Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Lux Capital, and Ray Rothrock. Planet Labs’ existing investors include DFJ, Capricorn, O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures (OATV), Founders Fund, First Round Capital, Innovation Endeavors, Data Collective, and AME Cloud Ventures.

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In pictures: Planet Labs’ nanosatellites

We aim to bring the agility of Silicon Valley to the space sector. Here are the first photos of our miniature satellites called Doves.

Planet Labs Launches Two More Satellites

We announced today that we successfully launched our most recent satellites, Dove 3 and Dove 4, into orbit on a Dnepr vehicle. This will be closely followed by the launch of the “Flock 1″ fleet of 28 satellites in December, which will be the largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites ever launched.

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First Demonstration Images from Space

Today we announced plans to launch the world’s largest fleet of Earth imaging satellites to image the changing planet and provide open access to that information, and revealed the first images from our first two satellites.

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