Planet announces 50 cm SkySat imagery, tasking dashboard and up to twelve revisits

By Martin Van Ryswyk, Planet

Over the past year, Planet has seen increased demand for its SkySat imagery to fulfil customers’ needs for timely, accurate and frequent information across the decision cycle. The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified this trend, as traditional surveying and inspection methods are not currently possible.

To meet the present moment, and demonstrate its commitment to rapidly deliver more value to customers every year, Planet has unveiled three new releases as part of its overall tasking offerings. Combined, these releases not only enhance the core imagery for analysis, but also reduce friction to acquire that data.

The Old City of Tripoli, Libya imaged at 50 cm per pixel from an altitude of 456 km.

Higher resolution 50 cm imagery

In just six months, the company has lowered its SkySat constellation to enhance the spatial resolution of our SkySat imagery from 80 cm to 50 cm for its ortho product. This improvement enables customers to get a more precise view of changing conditions on the ground and adds more granular context to decision-making. This is particularly important for commercial and government mapping use cases, where seeing smaller features like road surface markings are important.

Tasking Dashboard

Planet wants to democratise access to its assets, and hears from all its users a desire to have simpler and faster workflows. The company’s imaging pipeline and delivery infrastructure have been built in the cloud and the Tasking Dashboard and API are the latest results of that foundation.

The Tasking Dashboard is a new user interface that allows customers to request SkySat collections, while the new API provides efficient, automated access. Instead of spending precious time going back and forth with a human rep, with the Tasking Dashboard and API, customers can autonomously submit, modify and cancel SkySat imagery requests. This enables visibility into the end-to-end experience, from order to fulfilment, so expectations can be managed with analysts and teams.

Two SkySat images collected on 20 May 2020 (morning and afternoon) of the Edenville Dam breach after heavy rainfall over Michigan, US. The silvery appearance of the water in the morning is due to sunglint.

Up to 12x rapid revisit capabilities

While Planet leads the market with guaranteed sub-daily revisit, the upcoming launch of six new SkySats will allow it to image certain locations up to twelve times per day, at a global average of seven times per day. This unprecedented capability will provide more rapid response to global events and enable imaging at times of the day previously unseen by satellites (read more about Planet’s revisit capabilities.)

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Planet continues to apply its agile aerospace approach to its SkySat offerings to support its growing customer base, from federal and civil governments to commercial forestry to energy and more. These product advances are key components of its overall mission to democratise access to satellite imagery, providing critical intelligence to customers and organisations when they need it most.

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