NRO Awards Planet Contract as Part of Transition of Commercial Imagery Acquisition

CHANTILLY, Va.. October 15, 2019 (NRO PR) – The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) today announced the transition of the Planet commercial imagery subscription service from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to the NRO.

As part of the transition, the NRO awarded Planet an unclassified, multi-year subscription service contract for daily, large-area, 3-5 meter resolution commercial imagery collection.

Recognizing the importance of mission continuity, the scope of the new NRO contract is comparable to NGA’s previous contracts with Planet and includes access to new daily unclassified imagery over multiple areas of interest to military planners, warfighters, and the national security community.

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NRO Awards Fourth Commercial Imagery Study Contract

CHANTILLY, Va. (NRO PR) — The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) announced today the award of a commercial imagery study contract to HySpecIQ (www.hyspeciq.com). This award is the NRO’s first such award to a commercial hyperspectral imaging company and represents the latest milestone in the agency’s commercial imagery acquisition and integration strategy.

“HySpecIQ is developing interesting new hyperspectral imaging capabilities that have the potential to contribute to our current and future overhead architecture,”said Pete Muend, director of the NRO Commercial Systems Program Office.

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ESA Evaluating Remote Sensing Data from ICEYE, Planet and Spire

X2 satellite (Credit: ICEYE)

PARIS (ESA PR) — In the framework of the Earthnet programme, ESA and its Member States continue to stimulate global cooperation between space actors around activities aiming to acquire and share resources and knowledge on our planet for the benefit of all citizens.

Recently, it was decided to continue the data assessment of three constellations:

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ICEYE Constellation Announced as European Space Agency’s Third Party Mission Under Evaluation

European Space Agency’s data assessment of ICEYE’s SAR Satellite Constellation continues through the Earthnet Data Assessment Pilot (EDAP) framework.

HELSINKI, Aug. 1, 2019 – ICEYE, the global leader in small satellite synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) technology, today announced its SAR satellite constellation is now considered a Third Party Mission under evaluation for the European Space Agency (ESA). As a result, a continued analysis of ICEYE’s SAR data from its satellites will be performed under the framework of the Earthnet Data Assessment Pilot (EDAP).

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Extends Contract With Planet

SAN FRANCISCO (Planet PR) — We’re pleased to announce that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has exercised their option to extend our 2018 contract and renew for an additional six months and $5.9 million.

Through this contract, Planet will continue to bring unique value to NGA by providing subscription access to daily imagery over select areas to support mission objectives at the agency.

This is Planet’s third contract with NGA since 2016 and is an important milestone as we bridge the leadership transition from Director Cardillo to Navy Vice Admiral Sharp, demonstrating our ongoing relationship with NGA. We’re excited to continue this collaborative partnership as Vice Admiral Sharp outlines his agency’s priorities for the coming years.

Additionally, Planet is pursuing NRO’s 2020 commercial imagery contract, and continued engagement with NGA helps us further align around the needs of USG.











Spaceflight Prepares to Send 21 Rideshare Satellites Aboard PSLV C45

PSLV rocket (Credit: ISRO)

SEATTLE, March 26, 2019 (Spaceflight PR)Spaceflight, the leading satellite rideshare and mission management provider, today announced it will launch 21 spacecraft on a rideshare mission from India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) at India’s Satish Dhawan Space Center.

The launch is scheduled for Mon., April 1, 2019 Indian Standard Time (Sun., March 31 PDT). Payloads aboard the mission include the Astrocast-02 3U cubesat from Switzerland-based Astrocast and Flock 4a, 20 next-generation Dove satellites from Planet.

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D-Orbit Signs Contract for Launch and Deployment Services with Planet Labs

FINO MORNASCO, Italy, February 27th, 2019 (D-Orbit PR) — D-Orbit, an Italian service provider for the New Space sector, signed a contract with Planet, a US-based private Earth imaging company, for the launch and deployment of six Dove-series satellites. Under the contract, D-Orbit will launch and deploy the satellites during the first commercial mission of ION CubeSat Carrier, the core technology of the InOrbit NOW launch service offered by the Italian company. The mission will launch in August 2019, on the Vega launch vehicle as part of the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) Proof of Concept flight (POC flight).

“We are honored to partner with Planet, the leading Smallsat operator in the industry,” said Renato Panesi, D-Orbit Chief Commercial Officer. “We are proud Planet has chosen our ION CubeSat Carrier for their next mission. Our launch services are ideal for the small satellite market because they provide high performance by accelerating the phasing of released satellites at an affordable cost. We believe this contract is the start of a long-term cooperation.”

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Planet Acquires Boundless Spatial to Serve Govt, Agriculture Markets

SAN FRANCISCO (Planet PR) — Planet is excited to announce that we have entered into an agreement to acquire Boundless Spatial, Inc., a St. Louis-based geospatial software solutions company.  The acquisition expands Planet’s commercial business with the U.S. government and commercial agriculture clients. Boundless is a leader in geospatial data management software and is aligned with our objective to deliver novel geospatial data subscription services and accelerate adoption for enterprise customers.

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NASA Awards Earth Science Data Contracts to DigitalGlobe, Planet & SPIRE

One of the organizations in NASA’s Private Sector Small Constellation Satellite Data Product Pilot program, Planet, has several satellite constellations including Dove. Two of the Dove small satellites are shown here deploying from the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has launched a pilot program to evaluate how Earth science data from commercial small-satellite constellations could supplement observations from the agency’s fleet of orbiting Earth science missions. On Sept. 28, the agency awarded sole-source contracts to acquire test data sets from three private sector organizations.

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Planet and Orbital Insight Expand Satellite Imagery Partnership

SAN FRANCISCO and PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 19, 2018 (Planet/Orbital Insight PR) — Planet, who operates the largest constellation of imaging satellites, and Orbital Insight, the leader in geospatial analytics, announced today a multi-year contract for Orbital Insight to source daily, global satellite imagery from Planet. The contract is an expansion of their previous imagery-sharing agreement.

“Orbital Insight has been a fantastic partner for Planet, and we are looking forward to continuing our relationship as they develop analytics that make our imagery more accessible and actionable for businesses,” said Will Marshall, CEO and co-founder of Planet. “The partnership signals the market’s confidence in the growing number of use cases for insights derived from daily global imagery with advanced analytics.”

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NASA Announces Initiative to Boost Small Science Satellite Efforts

Artist illustration of events on the sun changing the conditions in Near-Earth space. A new study finds daily U.S. economic cost from solar storm-induced electricity blackouts could be in the tens of billions of dollars. (Credit: NASA)

LOGAN, Utah — The head of NASA’s science programs unveiled an $100 million per year initiative on Monday focused on the use of small scuebce satellites that includes data buys from three spacecraft constellation operators.

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said the funding would go to targeted space science, technology and educational projects. He made the announcement during a keynote address at the annual Small Satellite Conference in Logan, Utah.

A key element of the initiative is the purchase of Earth science data from companies with satellite constellations in Earth orbit. Zurbuchen announced that the first purchases will be made from DigitalGlobe, Planet and Spire. He did not disclose the amounts of the awards.

Zurbuchen said NASA’s goal is to work with the growing small-satellite industry, not to compete with it. The space agency will invest in early-stage research and development to advance and test new technologies.

Zurbuchen also announced a new opportunity for small-satellite technology demonstrations focused on heliophysics that will be funded at up to $65 million.

“This opportunity will ultimately help deploy #SmallSat technologies to better understand @NASASun science and protect Americans by protecting US technological infrastructure on Earth and in space from the perils of space weather,” he tweeted.

Zurbuchen said NASA plans to provide more launch and rideshare opportunities for small satellites built by government, commercial and international partners.











Planet Lays Off Dozens of Employees

In February 2014, Planet Labs Inc. launched its first flock of Dove nanosatellites into space. Shown are two shoebox-sized Doves being ejected into low-Earth orbit from the International Space Station. The company’s goal is for the flock to take a high-resolution snapshot of nearly the entire globe every 24 hours. (Credit: NASA)

Space News reports the remote-sensing company Planet has laid off up to 38 employees in what the company has called a “shift of focus” from creating the world’s largest constellation of satellites to “developing commercial products and building  successful business” to “more tightly align” with its current goals. Planet said it laid off less than 10 percent of its more than 500 employees.











Planet & Airbus Partner to Deliver New Geospatial Solutions

Two of the 28 Planet Labs Dove satellites that make up the Flock 1 constellation are seen launching into orbit from the International Space Station on Feb. 11. (Credit: NASA)

TOULOUSE, France (Planet PR) — Planet is expanding its engagement in Europe in a big way. Today, we’re excited to announce a partnership with Airbus, a leader in remote sensing, to enable access to each other’s data and joint cooperation on the development of new geospatial solutions.

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NGA Signs CRADA with Planet

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (NGA PR) — The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency signed a cooperative research and development agreement, April 4, with Planet, a commercial imagery provider, to explore and potentially improve the speed at which the agency can extract vital information and analytics from the company’s imagery.

The CRADA is expected to yield time-saving services for the agency related to change detection, such as monitoring objects across entire countries, advanced broad area search, and the generation of baseline and foundation layers, said Manuela McCabe, NGA’s Planet CRADA program manager.

“The Planet CRADA will fully inform NGA on the quality and utility of the services that Planet is able to develop and provide using their high-frequency imagery stacks,” said McCabe.

NGA purchased a $14 million subscription for Planet imagery in July 2017, following an introductory contract signed in 2016.