Planet Labs, Inc. (formerly Cosmogia, Inc.) is an American Earth imaging private company based in San Francisco, CA. The company designs and manufactures Triple-CubeSat miniature satellites called Doves that are then delivered into orbit as passengers on other missions. Each Dove Earth observation satellite continuously scans Earth, sending data once it passes over a ground station. Together, Doves form a satellite constellation that provides a complete image of Earth at 3-5 m optical resolution and open data access. Small size and a relatively low cost enable the company to quickly prototype and test new designs, while avoiding a loss of significant assets in a disaster. The images gathered by Doves provide up-to-date information relevant to climate monitoring, crop yield prediction, urban planning, and disaster response. With acquisition of BlackBridge in July 2015, Planet Labs had 87 Dove and 5 RapidEye satellites in orbit.

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  • Explorer Labs: Experimentation in the Open
    Planet is used to testing novel ways of deploying and managing an ever-growing fleet of satellites in space. Taking it further, we test in space—everything from full demo builds to small canary features. We can’t know what works for sure until it’s hurling well over 15,000 MPH dealing with sharp temperature changes […]
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  • GeoAgro: Helping crops flourish with satellite data in South America and beyond
    Meet GeoAgro—the smart farming software company based in Rosario, Argentina that offers agricultural technology and analysis to help farmers make smarter decisions, boost yields, and enhance sustainable farm practices. In some cases, they’re able to cut scouting visits to field by 30%. Their secret input? Data from space. GeoAgro pulls Planet’s frequent […]
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  • Satellites Taking Pictures of Rockets Carrying More Satellites
    At Planet, we launch new satellite flocks regularly. For years, we’ve been talking about getting that perfect shot from space of a rocket mid-flight; and as our on-orbit fleet has grown in size, the odds of one of our satellites being in the right position to image these rocket launches have only […]
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  • When Doves Fly: 48 Flock 2k Satellites Successfully Launched and Deployed
    Eight hours ago, a Soyuz rocket successfully lofted 48 of our Flock 2k satellites into space. And just moments ago, at 17:41:17 UTC, all 48 of them successfully deployed two-by-two into orbit. This launch marks our 14th successful Dove launch and deployment. Watch as our Doves launch to space. Video: Roscosmos These […]
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  • Smarter Farming: Sign Up for the Planet and Farmshots Webinar
    Farmers across the world are using information derived from satellite imagery to get ahead of problems in the field. Planet’s pleased to announce that we’re teaming up with our partner, Farmshots, to host a webinar detailing how frequent satellite imagery and precision agriculture software can boost farm efficiency and output through the […]
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  • Trial Offer: Try Planet’s Automated Basemaps
    For a limited time, Planet’s offering up a trial of our Timelapse Basemaps web service. Planet’s Automated Timelapse Basemaps represent a specific window in time, either quarterly or monthly. All imagery included in these mosaicked basemaps is taken from that selected time frame, processed in the cloud, and served up on the […]
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  • 48 Doves to Launch on a Soyuz Rocket
    Forty-eight Dove satellites – our Flock 2k – are scheduled to launch on a Soyuz rocket on Friday, July 14 at 06:36 GMT (July 13th at 23:36 PDT) to 475 km altitude Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan. Flock 2k will be flying on a Soyuz rocket in […]
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  • Dattabot: Helping Indonesian Farms Secure Loans With Space Data
    Farmers are often at the mercy of the elements. A wetter-than-usual growing season, for example, could provide a hospitable environment for crop diseases that significantly impact yields. Changes in crop conditions over time could signal near-term production booms or long-term problems. For Indonesian farmers, the uncertainty of weather patterns, soil conditions, and […]
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  • Monitoring Open Ocean With the Planet Constellation
    Since its founding back in 2010, Planet’s worked to build a constellation capable of imaging the Earth’s entire landmass every day, something we are on track to accomplish following our launch of 88 satellites in February. But Planet’s “line-scanner” constellation can image more than just land. Approximately 70% of the Earth’s surface […]
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  • An Artful Planet
    From our earliest days as a company, Planet has integrated the arts into many aspects of what we do. Original artwork covers our satellites, radomes and launch vehicles. It adorns our walls. It is produced by outside artists who are invited to participate in our Artists-in-Residence program. It’s made together by our […]
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  • Explore and analyze Planet imagery with Harris ENVI
    Whether you’re a farmer measuring crop performance or a crisis mapper assessing damage after a natural disaster, you need speedy and reliable remote sensing data preparation and analysis workflows that you can count on. Today, we are excited to announce that, with the integration of Planet data into the ENVI platform, Harris […]
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  • Planet Imagery Available to Cesium Community
    Cesium, the open-sourced 3D mapping software, is well-known within the aerospace community. At Planet, you’ll often see our on-orbit flocks, visualized in Cesium, speeding around the globe in real-time. Now, the Cesium community can explore Planet’s imagery. In integrating Cesium with our API, AGI can layer our frequently updated Automated Basemaps on […]
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  • Protecting Queensland’s Natural Resources with Satellite Imagery
    Queensland is home to nearly 5 million citizens and some of the earth’s most delicate ecosystems. At 1.8 million square kilometers, the region contains rare earth resources, unique biodiversity and sensitive coastlines neighboring the Great Barrier Reef. Protecting this vast natural landscape is the challenge of Queensland’s Department of Natural Resources and […]
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  • Python Client Now Supports Planet Data API
    Good news for developers: new versions of our Python and JavaScript clients are now available for use! Both have been upgraded to support Planet’s Data API—the API on which we built Planet Explorer and through which we serve PlanetScope, RapidEye, Landsat8, and Sentinel-2 data. In providing these two projects, we want to […]
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  • An Insider’s Look at a Record-Breaking Launch
    In February, we launched the 88 satellites of Flock 3p into space—the largest constellation of satellites to ever launch on a single rocket. On launch night, we invited our friends, family, and loved ones to watch a livestream of the record-breaking launch along with us. Take a look inside Planet’s San Francisco […]
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  • Experimenting with the Deep Data Stack: Ship Counting
    Planet is all about scale. Our satellites are small but numerous, the scale of our pixels ranges from 3 to 5 meters, and we’ve built some seriously scalable infrastructure to put 150 million square kilometers of imagery on the web every day. Mission accomplished, right?! Turns out you need good tools to […]
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  • Automating Change Detection with Exogenesis
    Planet’s bringing down terabytes of imagery every day. With an archive this large, spotting change needs to be fast and accurate. Conducting manual analysis can provide reliable results, but requires tedious and time-intensive image interpretation. To produce change insights at speed and scale, automation is needed. But what constitutes change? Any two […]
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  • Planet offers broader data access to the academic community
    Through our Ambassador’s Program, Planet has granted data to about 150 researchers…and what they’ve developed has blown us away. But we think that there’s more to be discovered. Today, we’re thrilled to announce a new offering for researchers at accredited universities across the globe: Planet’s Education and Research Program. Now, any college […]
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  • Forest Recognition: Planet Launches Kaggle Competition
    The amount of data is growing exponentially. The amount of labeled, clean data is not. Every advance in machine learning is built upon a well-labeled dataset. Technology companies all over the world use the ImageNet library to train computer vision and machine learning algorithms; and modern facial recognition technology was built on […]
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  • Terra Bella Officially Joins Planet
    I’m pleased to share today that Planet’s agreement to acquire Terra Bella from Google has officially closed, having received regulatory approval. We’re excited to officially welcome the Terra Bella team to Planet, and integrate the SkySat constellation and imagery into our business. We’re eager to add high resolution data to our products […]
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  • Planet and Farmshots Offer Trial to John Deere Operations Center Users
    Planet and FarmShots have collaborated to provide John Deere Operations Center users access to Planet’s unprecedented global imaging capacity, allowing farmers to view up-to-daily imagery of their fields. Planet operates the largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites and provides cost-effective and information-rich agricultural data to users in countries across the globe. FarmShots analyzes...
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  • Web Service Basemaps: Easy, Accessible and Timely
    With our recent, launch of 88 Flock 3p satellites, we’re on the cusp of bringing down terabytes of imagery data a day. The next big challenge is to make that data accessible—to make it usable and consumable on the web. One of the easiest ways to consume our data is via a […]
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  • Integrating for Insights—The GeoSoLoMo Revolution
    The phones in our pockets, drones in the air, satellites in space…what do they all have in common? They’re all distributed sensor networks—collecting streams of data about our daily lives, our businesses and our planet. We here at Planet have often said our satellite imagery, while insight-rich, will only reach its full […]
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  • Planet at SXSW: Powering Insights with Space Data
    We’ve spent the last 5 years building a satellite constellation to image the Earth daily. In concert, we’ve been working closely with GIS community and new technology players to explore the products and possibilities that could be built on top of this new data stream. One of these products we built ourselves; […]
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  • Planet to Launch Record-Breaking 88 Satellites
    Planet is pleased to announce that in February we are launching 88 satellites—the largest fleet of satellites launched in history. The Dove satellites (collectively known as “Flock 3p”) will ride aboard a PSLV rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. They’re heading to a morning crossing time, Sun Synchronous […]
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  • Adding a Time Axis to Maps—Introducing Planet Explorer Beta
    Today we’re excited to release Planet Explorer Beta, an online tool that lets users browse geospatial data through time and see change across the globe. In short, Planet has introduced a time axis to maps. Planet operates 149 satellites—the largest fleet in human history—giving us the capacity to collect a new image […]
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  • Our Data From Space Lives in Google Cloud
    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 […]

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