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Our Data From Space Lives in Google Cloud

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As our constellation in space grows, we’ve been preparing down here on Earth for a deluge of imagery. While it is a huge accomplishment for us to have gotten our sats into space and taking lots of pictures, that is only half the job. Fully realizing our “Mission 1” means preparing for […]

Sentinel-2 and Landsat 8 Data Now Available on the Planet Platform

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We are pleased to announce the integration of Landsat 8 and Copernicus Sentinel-2 data into our data pipeline and software platform. As of today, researchers, developers, and commercial users can access four unique satellite imagery datasets through the Planet Platform: PlanetScope: RGB and NIR bands (3.7m spatial resolution), captured by Planet’s Dove […]

Harnessing the Firehose

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At Planet we’re on a mission to image all of the Earth’s landmass. We believe that if we can image everywhere on earth on a weekly or daily basis, we’ll be able to see change as it happens, and change the way people make decisions. Imaging the entire planet at high resolution […]

An Insider’s Look: The Space Data Chain

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I have a unique job in the aerospace industry. As a “Spaceship Captain” (my actual job title!), I operate a fleet of over 60 orbiting satellites, designed and built in-house. These satellites capture and downlink millions of images of our planet every day. Captaining a fleet this large—especially with a team as […]

Get Imagery Faster: Introducing Our Super-Fast New Web Tiles

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The Planet Platform was designed to be web-first. Planet’s imagery can be downloaded and processed locally, but many of our users enjoy viewing imagery data through a browser. To provide a good experience, all imagery on the Planet Platform needs to be available instantly as web tiles for immediate visualization and interaction. […]

A Hands-On Guide to Color Correction

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Imaging the entire planet every day would be easy if Earth was an airless rock, but unfortunately, it’s not. (Actually, even mapping an airless rock is challenging, but bear with me.) Yes, the atmosphere allows us to breathe, and protects us from lethal levels of ultraviolet radiation, yadda yadda yadda, but it […]

Analyze Change with Planet's New Compare Lab

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I would like to introduce the Compare Lab, an old favorite here at Planet Labs that’s now available publicly on our platform for any user with API access. The Compare Lab has existed as a collection of internal “employees-only” tools at Planet Labs for a long time, often showing up on employee […]