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Planet Launches Satellite Constellation to Image the Whole Planet Daily

On February 14, 2017 Planet successfully launched 88 Dove satellites to orbit—the largest satellite constellation ever to reach orbit. This is not just a launch (or a world record, for that matter!); for Planet this is a major milestone. With these satellites in orbit, Planet will reach its Mission 1: the ability to image all of Earth’s landmass every day.

February 14, 2017 was the culmination of a huge effort over the past 5 years. In 2011 Planet set themselves the audacious mission of imaging the entire Earth land area every day. They were convinced that armed with such data, humanity would be able to have a significant positive impact on many of the world’s greatest challenges. Planet calculated that it would take between 100-150 satellites to achieve this, and they started building them. Planet now operates 149 satellites in orbit…

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