Posts By
Mike Safyan

Curious Planeteer working to make the Earth's changes visible, accessible and actionable.

Rocket Lab Electron Rocket Fails Carrying Five SuperDoves

News

On July 4, 2020 (July 5 local time in New Zealand), Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket carrying Planet’s Flock 4e (five SuperDoves) suffered an anomaly preventing the successful launch and deployment of the satellite payloads. While it’s never the outcome that we hope for, the risk of launch failure is one Planet is […]

Pics or It Didn’t Happen: The Rocket Lab Launch of Five New SuperDoves

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This June and July will be busy times for the Launch and Satellite Operations teams at Planet. In addition to the successful launch of three new SkySats this past Saturday (with three more launching this summer), we have another five SuperDoves (Flock 4e) launching on Rocket Lab’s “Pics or It Didn’t Happen” Electron launch later […]

SkySats 16-18 Successfully Launch Aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9

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On June 13, 2020, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully lofted three of Planet’s high-resolution imaging SkySats along with a batch of its Starlink communications satellites. SkySats 16, 17 and 18 were successfully deployed into a drop-off orbit of 205 x 380 km, 53 degree inclination. Planet’s launch operations team has successfully acquired […]

SkySats 16-21 to Launch on SpaceX Falcon 9 Rideshare Missions

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Planet is set to launch six more SkySat satellites (SkySats 16-21) into Low Earth Orbit this summer, rounding out the fleet of 15 SkySats already in operation. SkySats 1-15 operate in Sun Synchronous Orbits, a specific type of Low Earth Orbit that results in the Earth’s surface always being illuminated by the […]

Celebrating the International Day of Human Spaceflight

Stories

Today we celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of Human Space Flight, a day that commemorates cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s historic orbital flight in 1961. While the origin of this date is tied to the first human space flight (and is usually celebrated around the world with some rockin’, space-themed Yuri’s Night parties), […]

A Love Letter to Flock 3p: Happy Three Year Anniversary

Stories

Dear Flock 3p, This Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating your three year launch-anniversary. Can you believe it?! It was February 15th, 2017 in India and February 14th in San Francisco when you soared to the heavens on the PSLV rocket and spread your solar-powered wings. My how time flies (in space)! Not to […]

Planet’s First Launch of 2020: 26 SuperDoves on a Vega

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Planet launches every three to six months to keep its constellation of Earth imaging satellites replenished and flying the latest and greatest technologies. Following on the heels of the successful launch of Flock 4p in November of 2019, Planet’s first launch of 2020 will be on Arianespace’s European-made Vega rocket, a first […]

Rocket Launch Trends Roaring into the 2020s

Tech

It’s never been easier to launch satellites into space, and things are only getting better for satellite operators. A multitude of launch vehicles and orbits are available to satellite missions ranging from Kickstarter-funded garage efforts to serious commercial endeavours. Today, we’re recapping some of the most important launch trends of the last […]

A Successful Launch for Flock 4p on the PSLV

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Today, 12 SuperDove satellites (Flock 4p) were successfully launched and deployed into a 500 kilometer Sun Synchronous Orbit by India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). This marks 25 successful launches for Planet and our 407th satellite launch attempt.  Shortly thereafter, Planet’s Mission Operations team successfully made contact with all twelve satellites and […]

Making Space for Everyone: How Planet is Building a Global Workforce

Stories

Planet is somewhat of a rarity for a company headquartered in San Francisco, California. Not only do we develop cutting-edge geospatial data, tools and products, but we also design, build and operate the world’s largest fleet of remote sensing satellites. We are also uniquely committed to building a workforce that considers many […]

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