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PlanetScope Blog Posts

NASA Expands Planet Contract to All NASA Researchers

News

Today we are pleased to announce that NASA has expanded their subscription with Planet and will provide Planet imagery to all NASA-funded research programs. NASA deemed the pilot an overall success, specifically getting value from Planet’s rapid revisit times and continuous monitoring capability. As such, the recent contract award expands the scope […]

Scientists Use Planet Data to Examine Cause of Palu Valley Landslides

Tech

On September 28, 2018, a destructive magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The strength and stiffness of the soil decreased dramatically due to the shaking of the great quake, turning it from a solid to a liquid in one of the most dramatic soil liquefaction events ever recorded, leading to destructive […]

Bark Beetles Are Decimating Forests: Satellite Data Can Help

Stories

Bark beetle infestations devastated 18 million cubic meters of forest in the Czech Republic last year, due in part to very dry summers brought on by the effects of climate change. Historically, bark beetles have been a valuable part of nature conservation, playing an important role in the ecosystem of conifer forests. […]

Introducing Next-Generation PlanetScope Imagery

News

We gave you a sneak peek at our next-generation Dove satellites earlier this year when we released “first light” images. Now we’re happy to formally introduce our Next-Generation PlanetScope imagery: a step forward in Planet’s commitment to agile aerospace and the delivery of high-frequency, global imagery. Next-Generation PlanetScope brings enhancements to PlanetScope […]

European Space Agency to Utilize More Planet Constellations

News

The European Space Agency (ESA) entered into an agreement with Planet to gain access to both PlanetScope and SkySat constellations—with the aim of having these tools complement data drawn from ESA’s own earth observation satellites and Third Party Missions. Until recently, ESA had access to only RapidEye satellites under the EarthNet Programme, […]

Planet Integrates Tools with Pioneering GIS Company Esri

News

At the Esri User Conference, Planet CEO Will Marshall just announced Planet’s release of the ArcGIS Pro desktop plug-in for Esri, a GIS global market leader with a suite of tools often used by Planet customers. The plug-in, referred to as an “add-in” by Esri, will allow customers to easily access, view […]

How Fathom Leverages Frequent Satellite Imagery for Dynamic Flood Maps

Tech

Flooding is the most common and costliest natural disaster in the United States causing billions of dollars in damages annually. The March 2019 floods across 14 states in the Midwest are a sobering reminder. Torrential rain and overflowing rivers swept through whole cities, towns, and farmlands, wreaking major havoc for farmers and […]

Clear for Analysis with Planet’s New Usable Data Masks

Tech

For the wealth of information optical satellite imagery contains, there will always remain a stubborn share of pixels that aren’t super helpful for analysis. Clouds (which cover around two-thirds of the Earth on any given day), shadows cast from clouds, haze, and snow can preclude us from accurately seeing what’s on the […]

NASA Enters Into Blanket Purchase Agreement with Planet

News

As a former scientist at NASA, it gives me great pleasure to share that Planet has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with NASA’s Earth Science Division. This represents the first time NASA has engaged with commercial small-satellite constellation operators to purchase their data for scientific evaluation. The agreement establishes a […]