Planet to highlight analytic tools and services for government customers
Satellites and software will be on the menu at GEOINT 2019 for Planet (Booth 759). The San Francisco-based firm self-describes as the operator of “the world’s largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites,” but its analytical tools and services now constitute a major focus of its business alongside the Dove, RapidEye and SkySat birds it’s launched from sites as varied as the U.S., Russia, India, New Zealand, and the International Space Station.
“We’re focused on developing analytic capabilities to help customers and partners in the Intelligence Community more easily consume Planet’s daily satellite imagery and arrive at insights more quickly,” spokesperson Sara Bates wrote via e-mail. “Planet’s analytics have the potential to create efficiencies and offer alerts that can point analysts to relevant change on Earth.”
Former NASA scientists founded Planet in 2010, and since then the company has acquired such GEOINT organizations as Google’s Terra Bella subsidiary and St. Louis-based Boundless Spatial. Bates said the company has ramped up its efforts to cooperate more closely with government customers. This year, for instance, Planet signed its third contract with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency—a six-month, $5.9 million extension of a 2018 contract, and inked a $6.7 million contract with NASA to provide climate data.
Bates added that Planet will host “an evening of networking, shared learnings, and product vision” Tuesday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in room 217D of the convention center. Interested attendees should RSVP at learn.planet.com/planet-geoint-2019.
Headline Image: This Planet imagery overlay shows two years of ship detection on the Panama Canal.
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