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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 […]

California Seasonal Mosaics, Now Available to All

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In October, we launched the beta version of the Planet Platform and released Open California imagery under an open license. Our goal was to open up our growing imagery archive and enable people to start developing and testing their applications, including the new California seasonal mosaics. Today we’re excited to make our […]

Getting Local

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A key part of being successful on a global scale is to build products that can be localized for a diverse set of users. We have been hard at work making our web applications accessible to an international audience, and we now have a complete Chinese translation for our Scenes Explorer and […]

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