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When was Planet founded?

Planet was founded in 2010 by three NASA scientists.

How is Planet funded?

Planet is venture backed and has raised over $300 million. In 2017, Planet acquired Terra Bella from Google in a strategic partnership that makes Google an equity stakeholder in Planet.

How many employees does Planet have and where are your offices located?

Planet is growing and has 430 full-time employees. We are headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with additional offices in Berlin, Lethbridge, Canada, Bellevue, Washington, and Washington DC.

How many satellites does Planet have in orbit?

The number of satellites that Planet has in orbit changes often. We’re either launching more or our satellites are approaching their end of life and reentering the atmosphere and burning up. Since 2013 when we launched our first satellite, we’ve successfully deployed 351. Today we have about 140 in orbit including our Dove, SkySat, and RapidEye constellations and are collecting over 250M sqkm of imagery daily.

How does Planet make money?

Planet sells subscription services to our imagery and imagery products. Our imagery products include global, daily 3-5 meter per pixel resolution imagery and global, high temporal cadence sub-1 meter pixel resolution imagery. We also offer a platform and API for computer vision-based analytics.

Who are Planet’s customers?

We currently serve more than 30,000 users, 400 customers, in over 40 countries. Planet is a leading provider of geospatial data for use in agriculture, government, and commercial mapping, and is seeing customer in commerce, geopolitics, energy and infrastructure, the environment and other vertical markets.

What does Planet do to mitigate space debris?

Space debris is an important problem that we care deeply about. Planet is committed to ensuring our satellites do not further complicate the issue. Planet has purposely chosen to orbit its satellites at lower altitudes to both avoid the congested higher altitudes and to ensure timely and safe deorbiting of our satellites when their end of life is reached. By staying out of high traffic altitudes and ensuring timely deorbiting, Planet does not contribute to long term space debris.

Can I use Planet imagery for my personal use?

Planet’s imagery that is posted online via our owned media channel (i.e.,, social media, and in the press) is done so under creative commons CC-BY SA 4.0. Under this license, you are free to share and adapt our imagery as long as you correctly attribute, and properly indicate any change that is made to the imagery.

What is the correct way to cite Planet imagery and refer to Planet the company?

For imagery please use “Image courtesy of Planet Labs, Inc.”

Planet was founded as Planet Labs and rebranded in 2016 to Planet. We remain legally as Planet Labs, Inc. and it is incorrect to state that we were ‘formerly Planet Labs’. When referring to Planet in written or spoken contexts, please refer to the company as Planet. (A great example of this is Space Exploration Technologies Corporation - A.K.A. SpaceX.)

Does Planet have any current job openings?

At Planet, we hire people who are committed to our mission and are the best at what they do. Visit our careers page to learn more about open positions.