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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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 »

Introducing Our App Developer Program

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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