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Protecting Queensland’s Natural Resources with Satellite Imagery

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Queensland is home to nearly 5 million citizens and some of the earth’s most delicate ecosystems. At 1.8 million square kilometers, the region contains rare earth resources, unique biodiversity and sensitive coastlines neighboring the Great Barrier Reef. Protecting this vast natural landscape is the challenge of Queensland’s Department of Natural Resources and […]

Automating Change Detection with Exogenesis

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Planet’s bringing down terabytes of imagery every day. With an archive this large, spotting change needs to be fast and accurate. Conducting manual analysis can provide reliable results, but requires tedious and time-intensive image interpretation. To produce change insights at speed and scale, automation is needed. But what constitutes change? Any two […]

Rescuing Stranded River Dolphins With the Help of Satellites

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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 […]

Planet Eyes Trade at China—North Korea Border

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Planet’s constellation of 50-plus satellites has imaged one border crossing between China and North Korea nearly 20 times in the last six months. Collectively, this deep stack of images provides valuable evidence to analysts interested in the state of trade between the two countries. In our latest Planet Stories article, nonproliferation and […]

Meet a Planeteer: Alex, Embedded Software

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I’m a People Partner here at Planet. I work to ensure that every Planeteer—whether they’re on Mission Operations or Marketing—continues to learn and grow professionally while at Planet. We recently kicked off the “Meet a Planeteer” video series, featuring Giselle from our Sales Team, and Shireen from our People Team. Now I’m […]

Space Goes Local: Satellites Can Power Smart Government

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Landscapes are changing. Cites are growing. Research from the United Nations shows that in 2008, for the first time, half of the world’s population was living in an urban environment – the other half remaining in rural areas. By the year 2050, 70 percent of the world population will live in a […]

Three Years in Space

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On this day in 2013, Dove 2 escaped the surly bonds of Earth aboard a Soyuz 2-1A rocket (along with an unsuspecting and ill-fated crew of 45 mice, 8 gerbils and 15 geckos and some friends). The launch, on a sunny day at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, proceeded perfectly and first contact […]

Illegal Gold Mine Encroaches into Protected Rainforest

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From the beginning, Planet’s constellation of Dove satellites has been built around high-frequency imagery with the goal of near-real-time observation of change. Today, we saw one of the most striking examples of this value proposition. As part of Planet’s Ambassadors Program, analysts at the Amazon Conservation Association used high-frequency Planet imagery to […]