We've redefined every part of the Earth-imaging pipeline to deliver actionable insights in near real-time
From satellites to APIs, we've built our entire platform with off-the-shelf components and open source software
We innovate at every step, and bring it together in a complete geospatial data and analytics platform
Planet provides geospatial insights at the speed of change, equipping users with the data necessary to make informed, timely decisions. We offer a diverse selection of imagery and analytic solutions, all made available online through our platform and web-based tools.
From agriculture and emergency response to natural resource protection and security, we believe that timely, global imagery and foundational analytics will empower informed, deliberate, and meaningful stewardship of our planet.
We are committed to seeking the greatest good in everything we do. This guides every aspect of our work – from setting high ethical business standards to driving our conduct as citizens of the planet. Read more
RapidEye is established as an independent company in Munich, Germany.
RapidEye Satellites Launched
August 29, 2008
RapidEye launches five earth observation satellites into SSO orbit aboard a Dnepr rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
SkyBox is established as an independent company in Mountain View, California.
December 29, 2010
Planet Labs is founded by ex-NASA scientists, Will Marshall, Robbie Schingler, and Chris Boshuizen, with a goal to use space to help life on Earth. The founders and a small group of physicists and engineers began building Planet’s first satellite in a garage in Cupertino, California.
April 19, 2013
Planet launches its first satellite, Dove 1, into a sun synchronous orbit aboard a Soyuz rocket and captures this first light image.
November 21, 2013
Skybox launches its SkySat-1, an 80-centimeter resolution earth observation satellite, into a SSO orbit aboard a Dnepr rocket.
Mission 1 Established
CEO Will Marshall takes the stage at TED to announce Planet’s Mission 1 - to image the entire Earth’s surface every day and make global change visible, accessible, and actionable.
July 15, 2015
Planet acquires Canadian aerospace company BlackBridge, adding five RapidEye satellites to Planet’s global constellation.
June 12, 2016
Planet Labs rebrands as Planet, launches a new logo, and maintains its legal name, Planet Labs, Inc.
SkySats 4-7 Launched
September 1, 2016
Skybox launches SkySats 4-7 into SSO orbit aboard a Vega rocket from the Guiana Space Center, joining Skysats 1, 2, and 3.
World Record Satellite Launch
February 15, 2017
Planet launches 88 Dove satellites aboard a PSLV rocket - the largest constellation of satellites to ever launch on a single rocket - securing the ability to reach Mission 1 and image the entire Earth’s landmass every day.
Terra Bella Acquisition
April 14, 2017
Planet acquires Terra Bella from Google, adding seven high-resolution SkySat satellites to the fleet. Google becomes an equity stakeholder in Planet and signs a multi-year deal to buy imagery data from Planet.
Mission 1 Complete
July 14, 2017
Planet launches an additional 48 Dove satellites on a Soyuz rocket and reaches capacity to image Earth’s entire landmass every day.
Planet’s First SkySat Launch
October 31, 2017
Planet launches six SkySats (8-13) and four Doves, Flock 3m, into SSO orbit aboard an Orbital-ATK Minotaur-C rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Queryable Earth Announced
July 16, 2018
Onstage at TED, Will Marshall presents Planet’s vision of a Queryable Earth – to index physical change on Earth and make it searchable for all.
Planet Analytics Beta Launched
July 18, 2018
Planet unveils the beta release of Planet Analytics, a product suite that leverages machine learning to transform global, daily satellite imagery into information feeds that detect and classify objects, identify geographic features, and monitor change over time.
New Satellite Manufacturing Facility Opened
September 12, 2018
Planet opens a new, state-of-the-art satellite manufacturing facility capable of producing 40 satellites a week. At 27,000+ square-feet, the complex is six times the size of the previous lab and brings all aspects of spacecraft design and production under one roof.
Planet aquires Boundless Spatial
December 18, 2018
Planet acquires Boundless Spatial, Inc., a St. Louis-based geospatial software solutions company.
Planet Federal Established
March 15, 2019
Planet Federal, a wholly owned subsidiary of Planet Labs, Inc., is established to expand commercial business with the U.S. government.
Planet Explore 19
October 15, 2019
Planet hosts first-ever user conference, Planet Explore 19, in San Francisco, convening nearly 500 customers, partners, researchers, and developers.
March 31, 2020
After 11 years of service, the RapidEye constellation is retired and customers are transitioned to Next-Generation PlanetScope.
Planet Unveils Hi-Res Offerings
June 9, 2020
To demonstrate our commitment to rapidly deliver more value to customers every year, Planet unveiled three new product releases - 50cm SkySat imagery, a new Tasking Dashboard and enhanced rapid revisit capabilities.
SkySats 16-18 Launched
June 13, 2020
Three Planet SkySats launched on SpaceX’s Falcon 9, joining the 15 others already in orbit and expanding our capacity to provide world class, high resolution images to a variety of organizations.
SkySats 19-21 Launched
August 18, 2020
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched SkySats 19, 20 and 21 on yet another successful Starlink rideshare mission. These are the final SkySats to be built and launched, completing the campaign of 21 satellites originally planned by the SkyBox team in 2009.