Planet Signs Landmark Deal with National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

I’m pleased to announce that Planet has just signed a landmark agreement with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the US government’s source of geospatial intelligence.

This milestone is a humbling moment for us at Planet. Since launching our first satellite three years ago, our team has worked tirelessly towards our goal to image the entire Earth every day, and make global change visible, accessible, and actionable. We’ve built a world-class Earth-imaging and data system and NGA’s commitment to Planet with this contract is a testament to their progressiveness in seeking out new GEOINT solutions. It gives credence to the agency’s unwavering investment in the space renaissance and homegrown science and technology solutions. Continue reading »

Planet Joins the White House to Discuss the Space Renaissance

Understanding the cosmos, becoming a multi-planetary species, and increasing sustainable living here on Earth. These are all huge challenges with potential global impacts that have inspired generations of entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers, and builders to join the space community.

Today, I joined many in the space community, as well as President Obama, in Pittsburgh at a conference to discuss the future of innovation in the US, around the world, and in outer space. Continue reading »

Financing Smallholder Farms with FarmDrive

It’s an exciting day at Planet—I’m pleased to announce that Planet has struck a deal with the innovative fintech company, FarmDrive. Based in Kenya, FarmDrive parses data from a variety of sources to provide financial services to a traditionally underserved market: smallholder farmers.

Specifically, FarmDrive applies data analytics and machine learning technologies to agricultural markets data and in-field observations to create comprehensive credit profiles and tailored loan products for farmers across Africa. Planet’s frequent satellite imagery provides a new insight-rich layer of data that can contribute to FarmDrive’s super-accurate credit profiles. Continue reading »

Rachelle Reichert’s Atmospheric Art

Over the past three months Rachelle Reichert, Planet’s Artist in Residence, has been carefully crafting delicate graphite drawings in Planet’s San Francisco office, taking inspiration from the satellite imagery flowing into our platform.

Let Rachelle, in her own words, walk you what she’s been working on at Planet:
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Planet Strikes Landmark Deal with Orbital Insight to Address Financial Markets

I am ecstatic to announce today that Planet has struck an unprecedented deal with the geo- analytics company, Orbital Insight. Together, we’re making a strong expansion into the financial sector.

This partnership represents some of the most exciting trends happening in the geo world. And the reason is simple: Five years ago, a partnership like this wouldn’t have been possible because the capabilities didn’t exist. Datasets like Planet’s (broad coverage, high frequency monitoring from nano satellite constellations) were the domain of academic papers, and machine learning driven geo-analytics just weren’t happening in commercial markets. We have come an awfully long way.

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An Insider’s Look: The Space Data Chain

I have a unique job in the aerospace industry. As a “Spaceship Captain” (my actual job title!), I operate a fleet of over 60 orbiting satellites, designed and built in-house. These satellites capture and downlink millions of images of our planet every day. Captaining a fleet this large—especially with a team as small as ours— requires a healthy dose of automation. But our satellite operations are just the start of a complex, automated data chain.

We have teams of engineers working to maintain a network of ground stations, maximize our image processing pipeline, and continuously add features to our cloud-based software. When you put all of these elements together, you get a first-of-its-kind system that can handle huge amounts of imagery from space and send them down to your computer in a matter of hours.

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Planet Observes Unprecedented Tree Die-off in California

Rich oranges, deep reds and bright yellows dot otherwise olive-colored forests. But the colors are not leaves of eastern hardwoods announcing the arrival of autumn. No, they’re the death throes of vast swaths of coniferous forests in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

From Yosemite all the way to Bakersfield, as many as 66 million trees—possibly more—are standing dead in California’s forests. The prolonged drought and other stressors have taken an unambiguous toll.

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Planet Eyes Trade at China—North Korea Border

Planet’s constellation of 50-plus satellites has imaged one border crossing between China and North Korea nearly 20 times in the last six months. Collectively, this deep stack of images provides valuable evidence to analysts interested in the state of trade between the two countries.

In our latest Planet Stories article, nonproliferation and East Asia studies expert, Jeffrey Lewis, analyzes satellite imagery of the border towns of Dandong, China and Sinuiju, North Korea; using our frequent data to elaborate on trade relations in the region.
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