Posts By
Mike Safyan

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

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

News

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

News

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 […]

The Story Behind Planet’s Legendary Launch Pancakes

Stories

Pancakes are a big deal at Planet. Ever since the launch of Flock 1 in 2014—Planeteers have taken to the frying pan in preparation for each launch event. Originally, the need for pancakes was serendipitous: Planet’s first constellation launch happened at breakfast time on the west coast. The team had been staying […]

12 SuperDove Satellites Hitching a Ride to Orbit on the PSLV

News

Twelve of Planet’s latest-generation SuperDoves, Flock 4p, are scheduled for launch on November 20, 2019, joining the 26 SuperDove prototypes already in orbit. This Flock will hitch a ride on the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), an expendable medium-lift launch vehicle designed and operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). As […]

Liftoff! 20 Next-Generation Dove Satellites Launch on ISRO’s PSLV

News

On Sunday evening Pacific Time, 20,000 next-generation Dove satellites were successfully launched into orbit aboard ISRO’s PSLV-C45 rocket. (April Fools’! It was 20 satellites, not 20,000.) We’re happy to report that all 20 satellites have made contact and began the automated commissioning process (thanks, Planet Mission Control team!). All 20 satellites, Flock […]

First Up for 2019: PSLV Launch of 20 Next-Generation Doves

News

Our first launch of 2019 is here! 20 next-generation Dove satellites – Flock 4a – are scheduled to launch on ISRO’s PSLV-C45 rocket on April 1, 2019 IST (March 31 Pacific). All 20 Dove-series satellites will ride as secondary payloads and will be sent to a Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) with a […]

12 Dove Satellites Successfully Launched on Soyuz Rocket

News

An exciting end to another strong year for Planet! Yesterday, 12 next-generation Dove satellites – Flock 3k – were successfully launched on a Soyuz rocket out of Vostochny Cosmodrome and deployed into an approximately 500 km Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). We’re thrilled to announce that our Mission Control Team has made contact […]

3 Launches, 28 Days – Soyuz up next!

News

On the heels of two successful launches, we’re wrapping up 2018 with another launch of 12 Dove satellites, our Flock 3k, on a Soyuz rocket. The launch is currently scheduled for December 27, 2018 from Vostochny Cosmodrome and the Doves will be deployed into a sun-synchronous orbit with a morning crossing time. […]

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