Posts By
Mike Safyan

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

Planet Doubles Sub-1 Meter Imaging Capacity With Successful Launch Of 6 SkySats


Today, 6 SkySats (SkySat 8-13) and 4 Doves (Flock 3m) successfully launched on an Orbital-ATK Minotaur-C rocket destined for a Sun Synchronous, 500km orbit. Planet is happy to report that all 10 satellites were deployed successfully and that our Mission Control team has made contact with all satellites and begun the commissioning process. […]

When Doves Fly: 48 Flock 2k Satellites Successfully Launched and Deployed


Eight hours ago, a Soyuz rocket successfully lofted 48 of our Flock 2k satellites into space. And just moments ago, all 48 of them successfully deployed two-by-two into orbit. This launch marks our 14th successful Dove launch and deployment. Watch as our Doves launch to space. Video: Roscosmos These satellites were injected […]

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 […]

Planet Diversifies Launch Manifest; Signs Deal With Rocket Lab


Over the last 3 years, Planet has launched 14 times from 4 different countries (U.S., Russia, Japan and India), totalling 179 satellites (of which 145 successfully reached space). For satellite manufacturers, launch is the lifeblood of the mission. It doesn’t matter how amazing a satellite we have designed and built if we […]

12 Doves launching to 500km SSO


Twelve Dove satellites, collectively known as “Flock 2p”, will be launching on a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket on June 22 at 03:55 GMT (June 21 at 20:55 PDT) to a 500 km altitude Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. This is our first […]

Here Come the Satellites: Flock 2e and Flock 2e' to Deploy


Right now, eight Dove satellites are on board the International Space Station (ISS), packed in Nanoracks deployers, and ready to take flight. A mix of Dove satellites from two Planet Labs flocks—Flock 2e and Flock 2e’—will deploy into orbit over the course of one day: May 17, 2016.

20 Doves to Launch on CRS OA-6 Mission


Twenty Dove satellites are currently packed away in their Nanoracks deployers on board the Cygnus spacecraft and awaiting launch. We’re calling these Doves “Flock 2e Prime” as a continuation of the “Flock 2e” series that was launched in a similar manner to the International Space Station in December on the OA-4 mission. […]

Flock 2e Launches Successfully On Atlas V – Cygnus OA-4


We have liftoff! After three days of weather delays and false pancake starts, Team Planet finally watched the fourth attempt and successful launch of twelve Flock 2e Doves aboard the Cygnus spacecraft. Since the company’s founding in 2010, a total of 113 Dove satellites have successfully reached orbit on six different launch […]

UPDATE: 12 Doves to Hitch a Ride to Space Station Aboard Atlas V


UPDATE: The launch of Flock 2e has been delayed due to weather. The next attempt will be at 5:33 pm eastern on Friday, December 4. In Cape Canaveral, Florida, twelve of our Dove satellites are packed in the Cygnus spacecraft ready for launch. We’re calling these Doves “Flock 2e”. The Cygnus sits […]

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