We Are
Agile
Aerospace

Using space to help life on earth

Trans-Amazonian Highway, Brazil
Image © 2014 Planet Labs Inc.

Our Story

From our home in San Francisco, we design, build and operate a network of satellites that we call “Doves.” In January 2014, we delivered Flock 1, the world’s largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites, made up of 28 Doves. Together with subsequent launches, we have launched 71 Doves, toward imaging the entire Earth, every day.

Planet creates commercial and humanitarian value with the market's most capable global imaging network. Fresh data from any place on Earth is foundational to solving commercial, environmental, and humanitarian challenges. Our global sensing and analytics platform unlocks the ability to understand and respond to change at a local and global scale.

Who We Are

We care deeply about creating positive change and commercial value. Space and information technologies are our tools.
We’re committed to transparency for the planet, for our company, and for our customers and partners. We fly in low orbits to mitigate space debris, and we use a resolution that cannot touch personal privacy -- we can see the canopy of a tree, but not people or faces.
Our philosophy is to move fast: design, build, learn, repeat.

Meet Some of the Team

William Marshall, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and CEO

Will Marshall is the Co-Founder and CEO of Planet Labs. Prior to Planet Labs, Will was a Scientist at NASA/USRA where he developed a low-cost planetary bus, was Deputy System’s Engineer on lunar orbiter mission “LADEE”, a Science Team member for the lunar impactor mission “LCROSS”, served as Co-Principal Investigator on PhoneSat, and was the technical lead on research projects in space debris remediation. Will has published over 30 articles in scientific publications including Science magazine and he has written a variety of space related op-eds including in the New York Times and Boston Globe. Will received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oxford and his Masters in Physics with Space Science and Technology from the University of Leicester. Will was a Postdoctoral Fellow at George Washington University and Harvard University.

Tom Barton

COO

Tom is responsible for the company’s business operations. Previously, he was a managing General Partner of Broken Arrow Capital and the CEO of Rackable Systems (now SGI). He was also Interim CEO at Cygnus Solutions, which was acquired by RedHat. He has over 25 years of experience managing enterprises at the executive level and advising technology companies. Tom received an MBA, BS, and AB from Stanford University.

Chris Boshuizen, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and CTO

Chris Boshuizen is Co-Founder and CTO of Planet Labs. Prior to Planet, Chris was a Space Mission Architect at NASA Ames Research, where he co-created the PhoneSat Project --- PhoneSat was the cheapest and fastest built spacecraft at NASA --- and lead multiple partnership projects between NASA and private space exploration companies. Prior to NASA, Chris was appointed Interim executive Director of Singularity University, coordinated the founding of the University and raised over $2.5 million of initial funding from Silicon Valley sources. In 2014 Chris was awarded the Advance Global Award as Expatriate Australian of the Year. Chris received his Ph.D. in Physics and Bachelors of Science with Honours from the University of Sydney.

Robbie Schingler

Co-Founder and President

Robbie Schingler is the Co-Founder and President of Planet Labs. Prior to Planet Labs, Robbie spent 9 years at NASA. He helped to formulate the Small Spacecraft Office at NASA Ames Research Center and was Capture Manager for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Robbie had two tours at NASA Headquarters. He served as NASA’s Open Government Representative to the White House; and the White House recognized NASA as a model for openness in government. Robbie also served on the founding team as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA – where he incubated $650M Space Technology Program that focused on advanced technology. Robbie received a MBA from Georgetown University, a Masters of Science Space Studies from the International Space University, and a BS in Engineering Physics from Santa Clara University and was a 2005 Presidential Management Fellow.

Jesse Andrews

VP Data Pipeline and Software Platform

Jesse leads a team of GIS, webgeo and cloud service developers to advance Planet Labs' cloud infrastructure and web/mobile systems. Previously, he co-founded Anso Labs, the company that created the OpenStack Compute project. He has worked to grow the OpenStack community and foundation, serving on technical committees and the Board of Directors. Jesse attended grad school in Computer Science from the University of Kentucky and received a BS in Mathematics from Berea College.

Josh Alban

VP Sales

Josh manages enterprise sales and partnerships for Planet Labs. In this capacity he has led the company's foundational commercial deals and its market entry strategy. Josh has over a decade of sales and business development experience across technology and clean energy sectors. He was previously the VP of Sales at SCIenergy and the Director of Environmental Markets at World Energy. Josh holds an MA in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Art Meets Aerospace

By unifying the hand of the artist with the hand of the engineer, we imbue each of our spacecraft with a human touch. The creative processes that generate new artworks parallel those that support our innovation in spacecraft. Art is integrated into our workplace and onto our spacecraft.

The Artist in Residency program brings in artists working in any medium into our office for a period of 2-3 months. If you are interested in joining this program, please get in touch.