Planet adds 48 satellites to its medium resolution constellation and updates its GIS plugins

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48 of Planet’s SuperDoves (Flock 4s) satellites were successfully delivered to orbit on SpaceX’s Transporter-1 mission. Flock 4s is equipped with new spectral bands and improvements to image sharpness and quality.

With this launch of 8-band SuperDoves, the company will continue to provide medium resolution multispectral imagery (3 to 5 m) at a global scale to customers worldwide.

The satellites join the company’s existing constellation of over 100 satellites to deliver medium-resolution global coverage. This data can be used into a number of workflows to – from agriculture to government, both intelligence and civilian agencies, to forestry and land use. 58 hours from launch, the company’s latest batch of satellites began capturing and downlinking imagery.

Planet has also released the new and improved Planet ArcGIS Add-In and Planet QGIS Plugin V2.0, designed to make it easier for GIS users to discover and apply imagery in their preferred mapping and analysis tools, enriching their applications and projects with more frequent satellite imagery.

The first versions were released in December 2019 and enabled customers to search for, preview, and download Planet imagery and basemaps directly within ArcGIS Pro and QGIS desktop. The update to version 2.0 strengthens these existing features and adds new capabilities to augment users’ imagery workflows in their GIS. This includes:

  • More search options to find imagery
  • More basemaps visualisation and download options
  • Tasking high-resolution imagery within GIS workflows

The Imagery Search Panel has new features and a new design. Users now have more options to define their areas of interest, more imagery filters and a better designed filters page, the ability to view and customise metadata display in their search results, plus the ability to save their search within their GIS and access their saved searches across the Planet platform.

Planet Basemaps can be updated on a regular cadence and viewed with multispectral data, like near-infrared for Planet’s Surface Reflectance (SR) Basemaps. With Planet’s ArcGIS Add-In & QGIS Plugin 2.0, Basemaps subscribers can visualise basemaps as a time-series and, for SR Basemaps, view them in false colour using one of six visualisation indices. Users can also bulk download Basemap quads for a single Basemap or across a time-series using the Planet Basemaps Panel. Tasking customers will also be able to task for high-resolution SkySat imagery directly within their GIS, enabling analysts to take advantage of the premier mapping capabilities of GIS software and pinpoint the precise location they’d like to examine with high-resolution imagery.

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