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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

On Sunday (July 13th) at 9:52am Pacific / 12:52pm Eastern, Antares will launch, carrying 28 of our satellites to the International Space Station (ISS), from which they will be deployed within the next month. The 28 satellites will join the 11 satellites we just launched in June from Russia onboard a Ukrainian-built Dnepr rocket, and the spacecraft previously launched on Antares, Dnepr, and Soyuz rockets, bringing our total count of satellites launched to 71! We’re thrilled to launch our latest technology, and continue to multiply our on-orbit abilities, demonstrating what agile aerospace has to offer.

Tune in here on Sunday to watch the launch live!

And, best of luck to all of the other teams working on satellites onboard Antares, including TechEdSat-4, Smart SPHERES, and SSEP.

While we all eagerly await the launch, check out this video to learn more about our satellites.

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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