Rescuing Stranded River Dolphins With the Help of Satellites

Central Brazil’s Araguaia River flows over a thousand miles through rainforest, savannah and farmland. In dry season as the river’s water dwindles, endangered Araguaia River dolphins shimmy across sand banks to find pools of fish and deeper waters. Human-built irrigation dams can often block a dolphin’s path, trapping them in dwindling, shallow pools.

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The rescue team uses satellite imagery to pinpoint the stranded dolphin’s location. Image: Instituto Araguaia
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Access Planet Imagery for Natural Disaster Response at planet.com/disasterdata

In the hours, days and weeks following a natural disaster, critical questions loom: How extensive is the damage? Where are people and infrastructure most affected? Where should scarce response resources be deployed to save lives, reduce suffering and protect property?

By providing perspective and context, Planet’s satellite imagery can play a vital role in answering these questions, and improving the speed, efficiency and effectiveness of disaster response.

Today, Planet already tracks several disaster events every week around the world, and regularly provides imagery to national governments, NGOs and other humanitarian response organizations. In partnership with both the German government (DLR/ZKI), and the US Geological Survey, we support International Charter for Space and Major Disasters, which distributes imagery to speed disaster response and recovery to responding organizations. Continue reading »

Webinar on December 8: See How Descartes Labs Builds New Products on Top of Planet Data

Planet has the largest earth observation collection capacity in the market, collecting an average of 50 million sq km of imagery daily. Soon Planet’s satellite constellations will be able to acquire multispectral imagery of the Earth’s landmass. We’re collecting more and more data every day, but we can’t analyze it alone.

With the proliferation of earth observation data and advances in cloud computing, software companies are seizing opportunities to leverage this novel data and create breakthrough applications and build their businesses. That’s why we’re excited to introduce Planet’s Application Developer Program. Through this program, developers and technology organizations can tap into Planet’s one of a kind, global dataset though our evolving platform. Continue reading »

Planet Hosts Global Partner Summit in San Francisco

80 partners from over 20 countries around the world came to Planet San Francisco last month for Planet’s biggest event of the year: our annual Partner Summit. Attendees included GIS and geomatics businesses; innovative precision agriculture companies; and pioneering computer vision and machine learning companies.

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Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk and Planet Board Member, welcomes partners to the conference
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Planet Imagery Aids Flood Response in New South Wales, Australia

At the end of September, New South Wales, Australia experienced its worst flooding in over twenty years – with over one hundred buildings inundated and one thousand people evacuated.

The disaster took a particular toll on farming communities in the area, as the harvest was due to take place in November but crops were severely flooded. Thousands of cattle had to be evacuated to safer areas while water levels recede.
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On the Role of Government in the Space Renaissance

Satellites orbiting up in space, whether publicly or privately funded, play a critical role in our everyday lives. GPS satellites power enterprise and public logistics, along with consumer mapping apps; communication satellites form the backbone of our modern telecom grid; and remote sensing satellites power environmental research, defense and intelligence communities, and humanitarian response efforts. Without this critical space infrastructure, modern life would come to a stand-still.

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As Planet and other players in the Space Renaissance build advanced, risk tolerant space systems, it’s great to be validated by government engagement and public support from lawmakers. Representative Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland recently published an op-ed about the important role of new space systems in the United States. He writes: Continue reading »

Harnessing the Firehose

At Planet we’re on a mission to image all of the Earth’s landmass. We believe that if we can image everywhere on earth on a weekly or daily basis, we’ll be able to see change as it happens, and change the way people make decisions. Imaging the entire planet at high resolution requires a huge constellation of satellites all capturing data at the same time. To get this many satellites into orbit, Planet has taken a radically different approach from traditional earth observation satellite companies: we needed to dramatically reduce the cost of each satellite, iterate satellite design quickly, and deliver the most capable satellite per kilogram ever. In short, we needed to practice something we call ‘agile aerospace’.

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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 »