Authored by Planet’s Product Subject Matter Expert Agriculture, Ariel Zajdband, PhD

Understanding crop nutrient status is key to optimizing fertilizer applications throughout the season. When it comes to nutrient status, managing crop health is often a delicate balance. In general, farmers and agronomists want to ensure crops are getting what they need to thrive, so their objective is to detect nutrient deficiencies that can result in yield and quality losses. But they are also careful to avoid over-fertilization, which can needlessly increase costs and raise plants’ susceptibility to diseases, pests, lodging, and weed competition.

Nitrogen deficient corn plants

At Planet, we’re excited that recent…

Generated sample from GeoMorphs 2021

Holly Grimm (she/her) is Planet’s first Artist in Residence of 2021. She is a member of the Dinétah (Navajo Nation) and currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has a double degree from Stanford University in Studio Art and Engineering (Human/Computer Interface Design).

Core to our mission of making satellite imagery visible, accessible, and actionable, Planet continues to provide our data to news organizations, NGOs and first responders in an effort to promote transparency and provide the world with greater insight into global events as they unfold.

2020 saw no shortage of newsworthy events — from Covid-19 shutdowns, rogue icebergs, nuclear developments in Iran, and much more. As the year comes to a close, we’re taking a look from above at some of the most notable events that shaped this historic and difficult year.

Planet SkySat Imagery Reveals Extent of Damage at Al-Asad…

Authored by Priya Pradhan

Pride month commemorates the pivotal Stonewall Uprising of 1969 that paved the way towards progress, change and more acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. The Manhattan-based uprising consisted of a series of powerful demonstrations against the anti-gay U.S. legal system. Instigated by a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, a prominent gay bar in the West Village, as well as years of discrimination, this historical event was critical to the LGBTQ+ liberation movement.

June is typically a month of Pride celebrations, which help raise awareness about the issues faced by LGBTQ+ individuals. While this summer we will…

This Planet SkySat image, taken on August 30, 2018, shows the famous Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, just one of the countries where Planet’s 2020 remote interns hail from. The park full of lush green gardens spans 250 acres near Marina Bay. © 2018, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

We’re excited to announce that Planet’s interns will be starting this week. Before March, Planet already supported over 20 percent of its global workforce remotely, and San Francisco employees who have recently gone remote have adapted amazingly well. We are all poised and ready to welcome the 2020 intern class.

Although we recognize it may be more desirable to have an in-person internship experience, we are confident that our company-values will guide our interns, employees and culture beyond workplace walls — and we are willing to adapt to changing circumstances. …

Planet image of Tin Ma, Rakhine State on May 14, 2020, showing approx. 140 buildings affected by fire. © 2020, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

As humanity responds to climate change and rising global economic and diplomatic tensions — geopolitical issues are at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Earth-imaging satellites are helping decision makers stay on top of big issues, no matter where they are in the world. Because recent travel restrictions have many of us bound to particular locations, there’s been an ever-increasing need for Planet’s cloud-based imaging platform, which consistently chronicles events worldwide — providing people with the truth and knowledge to take action.

Here are some recent examples of how satellite data has been a critical tool for assessing and responding to…

By: James Mason, senior vice president of space systems at Planet

It’s been about six weeks since we launched Flock 4p, our latest batch of satellites, into space on an Indian PSLV rocket — bringing 12 of the latest-and-greatest SuperDoves to join our one-of-a-kind Planetscope global monitoring constellation.

The first imagery from Flock 4p was produced within a week of launch, like this stunning example collected on December 3rd, 2019:

Here is a first light image from one of our recently launched SuperDoves. Kandahar, Afghanistan was imaged on December 3, 2019 in “true color” using the red, green and blue spectral bands. © 2019, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

To get to this point we’ve taken Planet’s unique iterative agile aerospace approach, launching technology demonstration and product pilot SuperDoves over the last year to iron out kinks in the…

Above is a map of roads and buildings in the Eastern Hemisphere. This is one of the most complete and up to date maps of these features ever created. It reveals details not available in popular mapping tools, in both industrialized cities and rural settlements. Built from a diversely sampled training set, the model produces results across a wide variety of terrains, densities, and land cover types. ©2019 Planet Labs, Inc. All rights reserved.

At Planet our data is geospatial: georeferenced images or labels. There are many tools to manage geospatial data in a queryable and scalable way, including Cloud-optimized GeoTIFFs and GeoJSON, PostGIS and STAC Catalogs. At the same time, we want to leverage the best that the machine learning world has to offer, whether it’s Tensorflow, Keras, Pytorch, or the latest paper from the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML). However, very few of these frameworks natively understand geospatial data, let alone at scale.

For us, it is not enough to find objects in images. The real value comes from finding objects…

The holidays are a time of giving, tradition and family; they’re a time to reflect and look forward. While relaxing and spending time with friends and loved ones, few pause to think about the networks that enable these celebrations — the global supply chains that deliver smartphones, chocolates and socks across the world to people’s homes every holiday season.

Raw materials are gathered in some of the world’s most remote places, transformed into goods in far-flung factories and delivered to your door through a sophisticated system of trucks, trains, planes and ships. …

Satellite view of Lake Matthews Estelle Mountain Reserve in Riverside County in March of 2019, © 2019, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

2018 was a newsworthy year and 2019 didn’t miss a beat either. As the year comes to a close, we reflect on some of the most notable and historic events captured from space — from Saudi oil attacks, North Korean missile launches, flooding, earthquakes and more. Planet continues to make imagery available to news organizations, NGOs and first responders, providing the world with a unique perspective to make better decisions as events arise.

Planet satellites get a clear view of the Anak Krakatau volcano

Our imagery shows a cloud-free view of the collapsed Anak Krakatau volcano in the Indonesian province…


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