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28 Satellites Launching on Sunday: Tune in to launch and briefing!


Update: The launch has been delayed to Sunday, 7/13 at 9:52am Pacific / 12:52pm Eastern, and the article below has been updated to reflect this.

This is an exciting weekend at Planet Labs! There are two events to watch out for, which will be live streamed on NASA TV in the video below:

  • Friday, 7/11 at 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern: Our co-founder Robbie Schingler will be giving a press briefing at NASA Wallops facility
  • Sunday, 7/13 at 9:52am Pacific / 12:52pm Eastern: Antares launch of 28 Planet satellites

On Sunday (July 13th) at 9:52am Pacific / 12:52pm Eastern, Antares will launch, carrying 28 of our satellites to the International Space Station (ISS), from which they will be deployed within the next month. The 28 satellites will join the 11 satellites we just launched in June from Russia onboard a Ukrainian-built Dnepr rocket, and the spacecraft previously launched on Antares, Dnepr, and Soyuz rockets, bringing our total count of satellites launched to 71! We’re thrilled to launch our latest technology, and continue to multiply our on-orbit abilities, demonstrating what agile aerospace has to offer.

Tune in here on Sunday to watch the launch live!

And, best of luck to all of the other teams working on satellites onboard Antares, including TechEdSat-4, Smart SPHERES, and SSEP.

While we all eagerly await the launch, check out this video to learn more about our satellites.