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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.