We are joined by guests from Planet Labs in this episode of trajectory magazineâ€™s got geoint? podcast series. While in D.C. for Satellite 2016, Planet Labs Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder Robbie Schingler and Director of Government Affairs Rich Leshner took the time to discuss the company's recent advancements and future plans with trajectory Managing Editor Kristin Quinn.
Planet Labs was founded in 2010 by a team of ex-NASA scientists with the mission to image the entire Earth every day and provide universal access to that data. The company began as a small team of physicists, aerospace, and mechanical engineers in a garage, using the cubesat form-factor to inform the first designs of its â€śDoveâ€ť satellite. In 2016, Planet Labs plans to launch more than 100 sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) satellites to further its goal to image the entire planet daily.
All images courtesy of Planet Labs. The above images are of Schingler (left) and Leshner (right). The headline image shows Washington, D.C., following the January 2016 blizzard.
Articles referenced in the podcast:
The Maturation of SmallSats, Trajectory, Q1 2014
The Space Renaissance, Space News, March 1, 2016