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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 […]

Get Definitive Skytruth with Esoterra

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We’ve been hearing for months from YouTube commenters, chat rooms, and paranormal investigators that no suitable skytruthing solution currently addresses their rigorous needs. Well, Planet Labs has built the solution to address that gap. We call it the Esoterra Browser.

We are People People

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I’m a recruiter on the Planet Labs People Team. I work with every team—from Spacecraft to Sales—to hire talented, mission driven new Planeteers who are passionate about using space to help life on Earth. My colleague, Elizabeth, recently kicked off our “Meet a Planeteer” video series with a look at what a […]

An Insider's Look at Planet Labs

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I’m a recruiter here at Planet Labs. There’s never a dull moment when you’re working with some of the most creative minds in business, aerospace and software. One of the most rewarding (and exciting) aspects of my job is seeing dedicated employees grow over time. One of those employees is Giselle Cheung, […]

Drones or Satellites: The Ultimate Precision Agriculture Choice

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We’re keeping the great stories flowing on our Medium publication: Planet Stories. In our latest post, we worked with our precision agriculture customer FarmLogs and their recent report – “Six Reasons Satellite Imagery Trumps Drone Imagery in Agriculture” – to examine the role and impact of satellite imagery and aerial drones in […]

Mapping Water Scarcity with MetaMeta

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In the attic of MetaMeta’s Netherlands office, the ceiling presses down on Frank van Steenbergen’s tall frame. “I wish I’d started MetaMeta ten years earlier,” he says, letting a broad smile settle onto his face. Frank, who bounces between Addis Ababa, Pakistan, Nairobi and the Netherlands on a monthly basis, almost never […]

An Unthinkable Impact

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When I was a boy, my father gave me a copy of Hiroshima by John Hersey. He also gave me a pencil, and told me to make a mark in the margin when I found a passage of particular interest. When the bomb fell, and the white light flashed—repeating over and over […]

The B-Word

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Beware of the B-word—are you as busy as you think you are? Having been the Chair of SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space)—a national nonprofit providing leadership and technical experience for young people passionate about space—for two years, I have met hundreds of very smart young people overflowing with […]

LA to Vegas in 52 Seconds

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Interstate 15 hosts over one million road trips from Los Angeles to Las Vegas every month. Rising over mountains and stretching across broad, open deserts, “the fifteen” brings weekend travelers from the bustling commercial hub of Southern California’s west coast to the ever-popular inland entertainment destination. In light traffic, the drive takes […]

We Call Them Doves

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In the aerospace industry, satellites are typically referred to as “birds”. From the ground, it looks like they are flying across the sky as they travel along their orbits. There’s also a tendency in the aerospace industry to think of these satellites as birds of prey; satellite missions like FalconSat and Kestrel Eye bring […]