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Planet satellite imagery has provided unprecedented transparency into the Russia-Ukraine war. 

Scroll to discover a small collection of images that have had a big impact.

Satellite imagery identifies Russian military buildup near Ukraine’s border

October 12, 2021 - December 29, 2021 | Yelnya, Russia

This pair of high-resolution SkySat images shows the buildup of Russian infrastructure and vehicles about 160 miles (260 kilometers) north of Ukraine.

PlanetScope daily monitoring and high-resolution SkySat tasking improved situational awareness on the ground and acted as a source of truth to counter misinformation online.

Monitoring the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean

February 23, 2022 | Mediterranean Sea

Satellite imagery shows the Russian Navy as they sailed in the Mediterranean Sea. External analysis of the fleet’s formation was conducted to understand the type and number of vessels in the group as they sailed in the direction of Syria.

Over the course of the crisis, PlanetScope imagery has been used for vessel detection analysis to enhance maritime domain awareness.

Rocket strike origins determined using open-source intelligence (OSINT)

February 27, 2022 | Belgorod Oblast, Russia

External intelligence researchers used Planet imagery to identify likely sources of Russian missile attacks. The plume of smoke rises from what analysts determined to be a probable Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) oriented in the direction of Kharkiv.

OSINT tools have created a virtual environment where information is readily available to both decision-makers and the public.

Monitoring humanitarian crises through damage assessment and artificial intelligence (AI)

March 2022 | Borodyanka, Ukraine

Planet worked with the United Nations Operations and Crisis Center (UNOCC) and Microsoft’s AI for Good Lab to assess the extent of structural damage caused by the war. The analysis identified affected schools, hospitals, and sanitation facilities.

This information can support the scale and speed needed for ground teams to respond effectively.

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High-resolution tasking helps track dark ships and identify potential grain smuggling

June 5, 2002 | Sevastopol, Ukraine

Planet enables analysts to conduct advanced maritime vessel detection and tracking.

External investigators reported an alleged laundering system of grain stolen from Ukraine by analyzing SkySat images of multiple vessels as they were loaded in port. They were then observed conducting ship-to-ship transfers out at sea while “dark.”

Land cover analysis of satellite imagery helps calculate wheat harvests

July 2022 | Ukraine

Near the frontline of the conflict, fields were left unharvested. NASA Harvest used Planet imagery to calculate yields so governments and organizations could better see crop output, and take appropriate compensatory measures.

This work is now being scaled to conduct agricultural monitoring assessments of potential threats to global food security.

Daily, global situational awareness

Planet imagery has proven critical to intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions throughout the conflict in Ukraine through rapid satellite tasking and information downlink.

Open, shareable data and the urgency of the conflict has catalyzed technology and humanitarian solutions that will have positive, global implications beyond this war.

Learn more about Planet capabilities and other security use cases to improve real-time situational awareness.

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Get more out of remote sensing and satellite  data

Increase cadence, coverage, and resilience of data

Extend

Increase cadence, coverage, and resilience of data

Boost pace, scale, and capacity of workflows with tip and cue

Enhance

Boost pace, scale, and capacity of workflows with tip and cue

Achieve new insights to inform policy and planning

Augment

Achieve new insights to inform policy and planning

EXTEND your imagery  collection

Our in-depth historic archive compliments daily capture. See how national security customers leverage high-resolution tasking and always-on monitoring to respond to events as they unfold.

Learn how Planet imagery was critical to:

  • Monitoring military buildup near Ukraine’s border
  • Documenting human rights violations in China
  • Detecting construction of a nuclear facility in Iran

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SkySat • Desna River Bridge, Ukraine • February 26 - 28, 2022

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September 4, 2020

PlanetScope + SkySat • Spratly Islands, South China Sea
September 4, 2020, September 22, 2020, December 24, 2020

ENHANCE your existing  workflow

Lower the risk of missing critical events with activity-based signals.

Government agencies use change detection and tip and cue automation to reduce processing bottlenecks, freeing analysts to qualify and evaluate key changes on the ground.

See how PlanetScope imagery helped:

  • Fight illegal mining and deforestation in the Amazon
  • Capture damage after an attack in West Darfur, Sudan
  • Identify vessels near disputed reefs in the South China Sea

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AUGMENT your research  capabilities

Planet customers and partners have augmented capabilities when they combine satellite imagery with machine learning and artificial intelligence.

This enables governments to respond to events with rapid analysis — and inform policy and planning.

Learn how Planet assisted Turkey’s Ministry of Interior Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) to assess building damage and inform rescue operations in Turkey following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

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Skysat • Marash, Turkey. February 9, 2023. UC Berkeley, the US Department of Defense Innovation Unit, Maxar, Microsoft AI for Good Lab and Microsoft Philanthropies


RESILIENT CONSTELLATIONS MEAN RELIABLE  DATA

The Planet agile aerospace fleet provides a diversified collection of imagery and communication paths.

With hundreds of medium-resolution SuperDoves and approximately 20 high-resolution satellites in orbit, our process to build, launch, and replenish our fleet is fast and economical.

RGB and NIR bands, 3.7m spatial resolution, captured by Planet’s Dove constellation

PlanetScope

RGB and NIR bands, 3.7m spatial resolution, captured by Planet’s Dove constellation

RGB, NIR, and pan bands, 0.5 spatial resolution

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RGB, NIR, and pan bands, 0.5 spatial resolution

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