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Dec 2017

Planet Explorer has a series of new tools to help you get the most out of your image browsing experience.

  • A new status bar that allows you to see your Lat/Long location as well as view the specific zoom level in the web mercator projection that you are currently at. The correlation between pixel size and zoom levels can be found at this site. The status bar also allows you to copy your current location directly to the clipboard to easily flag sites of interest for further investigation or sharing.
  • New measurement tools have been added allowing you to interactively measure line and area features.
  • A new bearing tool that allows you to find the distance and direction between two successively selected points
  • A new settings panel that will allow you to configure the units you want measurements and positions to be reported in
  • A new ground control option that allows users to select whether or not to only allow ground locked imagery in a search query. In certain instances, Planet will publish imagery that do not have what we call “Ground Lock”, meaning with have no ground control points to lock them to. This is common in open water areas as well as over polar regions where the ground is primarily snow-covered. In this instance, Planet uses interpolation methods based on satellite position to attempt georegistration of the imagery, but geopositioning accuracy does not meet Planet’s standard specification of <10m RMSE, and imagery may be as much as a kilometer off of the interpolated position.

Oct 2017

  • Planet announces full availability of SkySat commercial offerings ranging from single point tasking to long term monitoring programs for any areas covered by the SkySat constellation
  • All SkySat imagery and products are now available in Planet Explorer including the 4 band multispectral, 1 band panchromatic, and 4 band pan-sharpened imagery. Both unorthorectified and orthorectified products are available.
  • Planet now offers a surface reflectance product based on it’s newer generation of Doves. The surface reflectance product uses MODIS observed atmospheric properties along with atmospheric correction algorithms to produce a bottom of atmosphere surface reflectance value. These are Planet’s most advanced analytic products, readily suitable for calculations like NDVI that rely on reflectance properties of ground materials. The surface reflectance product is available through the Planet API and Planet Explorer as the “analytic_sr” asset type.

Sep 2017

  • Planet announces the availability of orthorectified SkySat available through the Planet API. Orthorectified SkySat data are within 10m RMSE accuracy and represent the most spatially accurate data Planet offers for SkySat.

Aug 2017

  • Planet offers a first look at the SkySat products by making SkySat Basic Scenes available through the Planet API. This is an unorthorectified product, and allows users an early preview of the SkySat constellation data.
  • Planet now offers Open Water monitoring programs for users interested in over-water observations. Open Water imagery is non ground-locked, and uses satellite positions and interpolation methods over imagery strips to determine imagery location. This approach is also highly suitable for other areas where ground-lock is difficult or impossible to achieve, such as over large glacial areas like Greenland.

May 2017

Clip operation added to the Planet API The Planet API has been enhanced with the addition of “clip and ship” functionality, allowing users to clip and download an image to the specific geometry they need. A user guide is located here.

April 2017

Monthly Basemaps Available Planet is excited to be able to deliver full monthly basemaps in our Automated Timelapse Basemap product suite. All of the data in a monthly timelapse basemap come from within that month, giving a recent, comprehensive and authoritative picture of what’s on the ground at that time.

TerraBella Agreement Final The regulatory waiting period has ended, and the Planet acquisition of TerraBella is complete. Planet will soon be bringing SkySat data alongside our other imagery. Stay tuned for further developments!

Basemaps XYZ Web Service Available Planet Basemaps are now available as a stand-alone XYZ Web Service, allowing you to plug-and-play Planet basemaps into a wide variety of 3rd party applications like ArcGISOnline and QGIS. The XYZ Tile service follows the OpenStreetMaps protocol for serving imagery tiles and is accessible via a simple URL.

New Education and Research Program This offering allows users unprecedented access to fresh data in the easy to use Planet Explorer Platform. This new program is open to researchers that are students and professors at accredited universities. Researchers that are approved will have access to view and download imagery for non-commercial research purposes within an area up to 2,000 square kilometers, downloading as many as 50 images per day. Downloaded images can be published for illustrative purposes with attribution, such as in figures in peer-reviewed manuscripts, blogs and similar content. Planet data may not be sold or used in the development of value-added products or tools that might be sold.

Planet Explorer Basemap Compare Tool New in the Planet Explorer interface is a basemap compare tool, allowing users to compare two timelapse mosaics side-by-side or even compare a mosaic to a daily image. This augments our existing scene compare tool and allows for a much more comprehensive comparison between two times.

Python client added to the Planet Data API Users who are developing applications using Python will benefit from having access to a ready client library and command-line interface tool, streamlining the interaction with the Data API.

JavaScript bindings for the Planet API Users who are developing applications using JavaScript, including NodeJS, will benefit from having access to a ready client library to streamline interaction with the Data API. The initial JavaScript bindings facilitate the most common actions users have: searching and downloading.

March 2017

quality_category Field Added A new quality_category metadata field has been added to PlanetScope imagery, allowing users to use it as a filter when searching for imagery. The quality_category is set to either standard or test as documented in the product specification guide.

Planet Explorer Enhancements

  • Planet Explorer is open to the public! Now users without Planet accounts can browse quarterly and monthly mosaics dating back to January 2016, giving a glimpse at what’s possible with Planet’s imaging.
  • When ready to dig deeper into Planet’s data, users can register a free Planet account within Planet Explorer to see medium resolution daily imaging through Open California and low-resolution daily imaging worldwide.
  • Lastly, Planet explorer now has improved timeline manipulations allowing users to easily step through our automated timelapse basemaps and see change on a global or local basis.

Basemap Generation Enhancements Multiple basemap color-balancing techniques added to the automated processing chain, improving color balancing, scene line minimization and removing artifacts due to snow and clouds.

February 2017

Flock 3 Launch Planet launched 88 new satellites into orbit aboard a PSLV launch vehicle, breaking a new world record for the number of satellites put into space in a single launch. Over time, the 88 “Doves” will greatly increase Planet’s Earth coverage.

Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 Added to the Planet Platform Planet has completed the integration of Landsat 8 and Copernicus Sentinel-2 data into our data pipeline and software platform. As of today, researchers, developers, and commercial users of Planet can access four unique satellite imagery datasets through the Planet Platform:

  • Planetscope: RGB and NIR bands, captured by Planet’s Dove constellation
  • RapidEye: RGB, NIR and red-edge bands, captured by Planet’s RapidEye constellation
  • Sentinel-2: 13 spectral bands – RGB and NIR bands (10m); six red edge and shortwave infrared bands (20m); three atmospheric correction bands (60m spatial resolution)
  • Landsat 8: 11 spectral bands – Panchromatic band (15m); eight visible, near-infrared, shortwave infrared, and atmospheric correction bands (20m); two thermal infrared bands (100m spatial resolution)

January 2017

4-band Scenes Available in Planet Explorer Planet added Planetscope 4-band scenes for easier access to NIR imaging.

Improved Sharpening Applied to Planet visual Assets Enhanced sharpening algorithms have been applied to PSScene3Band, PSOrthoTile and REOrthoTile item types to improve their visual appearance.