SAN FRANCISCO – Planet is preparing to offer 50-centimeter-resolution imagery from its SkySat constellation and updating Dove satellites to gather imagery in eight spectral bands, company executive announced Oct. 15 at Planet Explore, a conference for the firm’s customers, partners, developers and data product end users.
Planet customers were asking for higher resolution than the 72-centimeter-per-pixel imagery coming from Planet’s constellation of 15 SkySats, said Will Marshall, Planet CEO and co-founder. To provide that imagery, Planet intends to move the SkySats to a lower altitude and improve image processing, he added.
One Planet satellite is already moving to a lower orbit for testing.
“If that goes well, we’ll bring down all our 15 SkySat satellites to offer not just rapid-refresh, sub-meter data, but 50 centimeters,” Marshall said. “At 50 centimeters, you can start to see road markings and other things that are important for mapping and certain other applications.”
Planet also is updating its fleet of Dove triple cubesats.
“I’m excited to announce today we are going to an eight-band system,” Marshall said. PlanetScope, the company’s three-meter-resolution imagery gathered by Doves, currently observes four spectral bands. “The near infrared band is what powers agriculture. We are moving PlanetScope from four ...