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 »

Watching a Satellite Deploy

As a member on the Planet People Team, it’s not lost on me how unique a workplace Planet is. One of the most exciting experiences that my colleagues and I at Planet share is watching satellite deployments.

We use the International Space Station as a test bed for our newest demonstration satellites. During deployment cycles, exterior cameras and astronauts on board the station capture videos and stills of our Doves as they deploy into space, two-by-two. Down here on Earth, the Planet Team gets to watch a live feed of each deployment. Continue reading »

Planet API Shines at Georgia Tech Hackathon

GeorgiaTech held their first-ever AeroHacks hackathon— a two-day event hosted by the School of Aerospace Engineering Student Advisory Council, designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and creativity. Over 25 hours, teams of students from different departments worked together to build fascinating new aerospace engineering, computer science, and mechanical engineering projects. Both 1st and 2nd placed teams used the Planet API! Continue reading »

Hi, Washington! Planet Opens a Seattle Office

We’re opening up an office in the Pacific Northwest, and we’re excited about it. As a vertically integrated space company that manufactures satellites, operates them, processes imagery, and builds the software that help people analyze and understand Earth as it changes, we hire for a range of unique skills and experience. In Seattle, we feel right at home among the city’s established aerospace sector; and when you couple that with the the region’s software pedigree, it proves a natural fit for Planet. Continue reading »

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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