Planet at SXSW: Powering Insights with Space Data

We’ve spent the last 5 years building a satellite constellation to image the Earth daily. In concert, we’ve been working closely with GIS community and new technology players to explore the products and possibilities that could be built on top of this new data stream. One of these products we built ourselves; just last week we released Planet Explorer Beta—an online browser that lets you explore our Earth imagery through time. Right off the heels of Explorer Beta’s release, Team Planet attended SXSW to explore some of the cutting edge applications others are building with satellite imagery. Continue reading »

Adding a Time Axis to Maps—Introducing Planet Explorer Beta

Today we’re excited to release Planet Explorer Beta, an online tool that lets users browse geospatial data through time and see change across the globe. In short, Planet has introduced a time axis to maps.

Planet operates 149 satellites—the largest fleet in human history—giving us the capacity to collect a new image of everywhere on Earth’s land area every day. Most satellite imagery online today is years old. Planet’s imagery is different—it’s being constantly updated. With Planet Explorer Beta users can for the first time browse and see change month by month across the whole planet: every port, every farm, every forest, every city. Continue reading »

Our Data From Space Lives in Google Cloud

As our constellation in space grows, we’ve been preparing down here on Earth for a deluge of imagery. While it is a huge accomplishment for us to have gotten our sats into space and taking lots of pictures, that is only half the job. Fully realizing our “Mission 1” means preparing for 7 to 10 TBs of data a day – every day – from here on out. The resources required to handle all of this satdat (as Planeteers call it) are immense. We spent the last year evaluating lots of options and today we’re pleased to announce that Google Cloud Platform (GCP) powers this critical Planet infrastructure.
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STEM Challenge Winners Launch With Flock 3p

We just launched the largest private satellite constellation in history. 88 Doves (known at Planet as Flock 3p) launched on a PSLV rocket, and as with each new batch of satellites, provided a unique blank canvas for Planet employees, local school children, and some of the world’s most promising aerospace engineers to display artwork and messages for our Earth.

In 2015, Planet partnered with the Global Space Balloon Challenge—an annual STEM education competition—to feature the work of prize-winning teams on the side panels of our very own Dove satellites. Continue reading »

Planet and Geoplex Partner to Deliver the Latest Satellite Data to Queensland Government

Planet is pleased to announce that we have once again partnered with Geoplex, a mapping and GIS systems company based in Australia, to deliver timely, high resolution satellite image data. We’re especially excited about this effort because a portion of the data to be used by the Queensland government, within its Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM), will be made available to the public under creative commons. Continue reading »

Planet Launches Satellite Constellation to Image the Whole Planet Daily

February 14, 2017, 19:58 PST

Today Planet successfully launched 88 Dove satellites to orbit—the largest satellite constellation ever to reach orbit. This is not just a launch (or a world record, for that matter!); for our team this is a major milestone. With these satellites in orbit, Planet will reach its Mission 1: the ability to image all of Earth’s landmass every day. Continue reading »

Sentinel-2 and Landsat 8 Data Now Available on the Planet Platform

We are pleased to announce 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 can access four unique satellite imagery datasets through the Planet Platform:

  • PlanetScope: RGB and NIR bands (3.7m spatial resolution), captured by Planet’s Dove constellation
  • RapidEye: RGB, NIR and red edge bands (6.5m spatial resolution), 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) Continue reading »

Planet to Launch Record-Breaking 88 Satellites

Planet is pleased to announce that in February we are launching 88 satellites—the largest fleet of satellites launched in history. The Dove satellites (collectively known as “Flock 3p”) will ride aboard a PSLV rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. They’re heading to a morning crossing time, Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) at an approximate altitude of 500 km. The launch date is currently set for February 14, Valentine’s day.

This is the fifteenth time Planet is launching Dove satellites; and it will be our biggest launch to date. Combined with the 12 satellites of Flock 2p operating in a similar orbit, this launch will enable Planet’s 100 satellite “line scanner” constellation of Doves. With our RapidEye satellites and Doves operating in other orbits, Planet will be imaging the entire Earth daily.

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Planeteers bid farewell to Flock 3p on shipment day.

The primary payload for the launch is an Indian space agency (ISRO) Earth Observation mission. Many thanks to ISRO/Antrix, and Innovative Solutions in Space for coordinating this important launch!

The record-breaking launch is currently scheduled for 7:58pm PST on February 14, 2017. Stay tuned to Planet’s Twitter @planetlabs for updates.

A Week in Davos

Last week I attended the World Economic Forum’s annual summit in Davos, Switzerland as a member of the Forum’s 2016 class of Young Global Leaders. At Planet we seek to use space to help life on Earth, and we’ve long been interested in space technology’s role in helping us better understand and care for our planet. I went to Davos with a few goals. Firstly, learning from (and contributing to) discussions on how technology such as Planet’s can be used by society to achieve the UN’s global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For this, I moderated a couple panels, including: “The future of space technology & how should business, government and civil society prepare for such a future?” with Airbus Defense and Space CEO, Dirk Hoke; and on the “Use of Satellites to Track Refugees” with the head of the International Organization on Migration, William Swing. I also brought up the technology and its implications in various other sessions. Continue reading »