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Slingshot Aerospace Maps Flooded Areas following Hurricane Harvey

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When Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Houston earlier this month, Slingshot Aerospace, a Planet Application Developer Program partner, leapt into action. Working with Team Rubicon and the BAE Systems Geospatial eXploitation Products™ (GXP®), Slingshot was able to use its flood detection algorithms on up-to-date satellite imagery to determine the extent of the […]

Adding Time to Mapping, Finally

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All the way back in 2005, as our 6-person team was preparing to launch Google Maps, we were starting to look at what we would do after the product was launched. The roadmap I had started out with (in late 2002) was clear enough: start out with a high quality interactive 2D […]

Dattabot: Helping Indonesian Farms Secure Loans With Space Data

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Farmers are often at the mercy of the elements. A wetter-than-usual growing season, for example, could provide a hospitable environment for crop diseases that significantly impact yields. Changes in crop conditions over time could signal near-term production booms or long-term problems. For Indonesian farmers, the uncertainty of weather patterns, soil conditions, and […]

An Artful Planet

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From our earliest days as a company, Planet has integrated the arts into many aspects of what we do. Original artwork covers our satellites, radomes and launch vehicles. It adorns our walls. It is produced by outside artists who are invited to participate in our Artists-in-Residence program. It’s made together by our […]

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 […]