SpaceX's Transporter 3 Falcon 9 rocket launch carrying 44 SuperDove satellites on January 13, 2022. Image credit: SpaceX
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44 SuperDove Satellites Successfully Launch on SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket


Mission accomplished! On January 13, 2022, our Flock 4x, consisting of 44 SuperDove satellites, was successfully launched into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. These 44 satellites will join our existing fleet of roughly 200 satellites in orbit. We were thrilled to launch once again with SpaceX, who has now brought to orbit a total of 127 Planet satellites across eight launches. This marks our first launch with SpaceX under our new multi-year, multi-launch rideshare agreement signed in 2021. 

We were able to establish contact with all of the SuperDove satellites, many within two minutes of the final deployment, upholding our record of successfully connecting with 100% of all Planet satellites launched. Our constellations provide daily insights about the Earth’s resources and global events. With the latest addition of 44 SuperDove satellites, our PlanetScope product will continue to offer our customers satellite data captured from the latest and strongest technology. We use just-in-time manufacturing to ensure we can continually innovate the technology onboard our spacecraft before shipment to the launch site. 

SpaceX’s Transporter 3 Falcon 9 rocket on launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida © 2022, Planet Labs PBC. All Rights Reserved.

To date, we have built and launched the largest fleet of Earth observation satellites in history. Our fleet of both medium- and high-resolution satellites have collected an unprecedented amount of earth observation data over the last 10 years, creating a deep stack of 1,700 images on average for every spot on the Earth’s landmass. This allows our customers to not only get the most up-to-date image of their preferred area of interest, but also gives them an extensive set of training data to build artificial intelligence models on. 

Our teams are fast at work on the next satellites and data services to come. Stay tuned!