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44 SuperDove Satellites Successfully Launch on SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket

Press Release From: Planet
Posted: Friday, January 14, 2022

Planet Labs PBC (NYSE: PL), a leading provider of daily data and insights about Earth, today announced the successful launch of its 4x Flock, consisting of 44 SuperDove satellites, into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The company has established contact with all of the SuperDove satellites, many within two minutes of the final deployment, upholding Planet’s record of successfully connecting with 100% of all Planet satellites launched.

These 44 satellites will join Planet’s existing fleet of roughly 200 satellites in orbit. Planet has now launched 127 satellites across eight launches with SpaceX, and over 500 satellites total since the company’s founding 10 years ago. This marks Planet’s first launch with SpaceX under their new multi-year, multi-launch rideshare agreement signed in 2021.

Planet’s constellations provide daily insights about the Earth’s resources and global events. With the latest addition of 44 SuperDove satellites, the company’s PlanetScope product will continue to offer customers satellite data captured from the latest and strongest technology. Planet uses just-in-time manufacturing to ensure it can continually innovate the technology onboard their spacecraft before shipment to the launch site.

Planet has built and launched the largest fleet of Earth observation satellites in history. Its fleet of both medium- and high-resolution satellites has collected an unprecedented amount of earth observation data over the last 10 years, creating a deep stack of 1,700 images on average for every spot on the Earth’s landmass. This allows Planet’s customers to not only get the most up-to-date image of their preferred area of interest, but also gives them an extensive set of training data to build artificial intelligence models on.

About Planet

Planet is a leading provider of global, daily satellite imagery and geospatial solutions. Planet is driven by a mission to image the world every day, and make change visible, accessible and actionable. Founded in 2010 by three NASA scientists, Planet designs, builds, and operates the largest Earth observation fleet of imaging satellites, capturing and compiling data from over 3 million images per day. Planet provides mission-critical data, advanced insights, and software solutions to over 700 customers, comprising the world’s leading agriculture, forestry, intelligence, education and finance companies and government agencies, enabling users to simply and effectively derive unique value from satellite imagery. Planet is a public benefit corporation trading on the New York Stock Exchange as PL. To learn more visit www.planet.com and follow us on Twitter.

Forward-looking Statements

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, whether Flock 4x will successfully replenish Planet’s existing SuperDove fleet; and the capabilities of Flock 4x. Forward-looking statements are based on Planet’s management’s beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to them. Because such statements are based on expectations as to future financial and operating results and are not statements of fact, actual results may differ materially from those projected. Factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to: Planet’s limited operating history making it difficult to predict its future operating results; Planet’s expectations that its operating expenses will increase substantially for the foreseeable future; whether the market for Planet’s products and services that is built upon our data set, which has not existing before, will grow as expected; whether current customers or prospective customers adopt Planet’s platform; whether Planet will be able to compete effectively with the increasing competition in its market from commercial entities and governments; Planet’s international operations creating business and economic risks that could impact its operations and financial results; the interruption or failure of Planet’s satellite operations, information technology infrastructure or loss of its data storage, whether by cyber-attacks or other adverse events that limit its ability to perform our daily operations effectively and provide its products and services; whether Planet experiences any adverse events, such as delayed launches, launch failures, its satellites failing to reach their planned orbital locations, its satellites failing to operate as intended, being destroyed or otherwise becoming inoperable, the cost of satellite launches significantly increasing and/or satellite launch providers not having sufficient capacity; Planet’s satellites not being able to capture Earth images due to weather, natural disasters or other external factors, or as a result of its constellation of satellites having restrained capacity; if Planet is unable to develop and release product and service enhancements to respond to rapid technological change, or to develop new designs and technologies for its satellites, in a timely and cost-effective manner; downturns or volatility in general economic conditions, including as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic or any other outbreak of an infectious disease; the loss of one or more of Planet’s key personnel, or its failure to attract, hire, retain and train other highly qualified personnel in the future; Planet’s ability to raise adequate capital, including on acceptable terms, to finance its business strategies; the impact Planet’s indebtedness has on its ability to raise additional capital to fund operations, operate its business and react to changes in the economy or its industry; how rules and regulations in Planet’s highly regulated industry may impact its business; if Planet fails to maintain effective internal controls over financial reporting at a reasonable assurance level; and the other factors described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed by Planet with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and any subsequent filings with the SEC Planet may make. Copies of each filing may be obtained from Planet or the SEC. All forward-looking statements reflect Planet’s beliefs and assumptions only as of the date of this press release. Planet undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.

About Planet

Planet is a leading provider of global, daily satellite imagery and geospatial solutions. Planet is driven by a mission to image the world every day, and make change visible, accessible and actionable. Founded in 2010 by three NASA scientists, Planet designs, builds, and operates the largest Earth observation fleet of imaging satellites, capturing and compiling data from over 3 million images per day. Planet provides mission-critical data, advanced insights, and software solutions to over 700 customers, comprising the world’s leading agriculture, forestry, intelligence, education and finance companies and government agencies, enabling users to simply and effectively derive unique value from satellite imagery. Planet is a public benefit corporation trading on the New York Stock Exchange as PL. To learn more visit www.planet.com and follow us on Twitter.

Forward-looking Statements

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, whether Flock 4x will successfully replenish Planet’s existing SuperDove fleet; and the capabilities of Flock 4x. Forward-looking statements are based on Planet’s management’s beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to them. Because such statements are based on expectations as to future financial and operating results and are not statements of fact, actual results may differ materially from those projected. Factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to: Planet’s limited operating history making it difficult to predict its future operating results; Planet’s expectations that its operating expenses will increase substantially for the foreseeable future; whether the market for Planet’s products and services that is built upon our data set, which has not existing before, will grow as expected; whether current customers or prospective customers adopt Planet’s platform; whether Planet will be able to compete effectively with the increasing competition in its market from commercial entities and governments; Planet’s international operations creating business and economic risks that could impact its operations and financial results; the interruption or failure of Planet’s satellite operations, information technology infrastructure or loss of its data storage, whether by cyber-attacks or other adverse events that limit its ability to perform our daily operations effectively and provide its products and services; whether Planet experiences any adverse events, such as delayed launches, launch failures, its satellites failing to reach their planned orbital locations, its satellites failing to operate as intended, being destroyed or otherwise becoming inoperable, the cost of satellite launches significantly increasing and/or satellite launch providers not having sufficient capacity; Planet’s satellites not being able to capture Earth images due to weather, natural disasters or other external factors, or as a result of its constellation of satellites having restrained capacity; if Planet is unable to develop and release product and service enhancements to respond to rapid technological change, or to develop new designs and technologies for its satellites, in a timely and cost-effective manner; downturns or volatility in general economic conditions, including as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic or any other outbreak of an infectious disease; the loss of one or more of Planet’s key personnel, or its failure to attract, hire, retain and train other highly qualified personnel in the future; Planet’s ability to raise adequate capital, including on acceptable terms, to finance its business strategies; the impact Planet’s indebtedness has on its ability to raise additional capital to fund operations, operate its business and react to changes in the economy or its industry; how rules and regulations in Planet’s highly regulated industry may impact its business; if Planet fails to maintain effective internal controls over financial reporting at a reasonable assurance level; and the other factors described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed by Planet with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and any subsequent filings with the SEC Planet may make. Copies of each filing may be obtained from Planet or the SEC. All forward-looking statements reflect Planet’s beliefs and assumptions only as of the date of this press release. Planet undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.

Contacts

Investor 

Cleo Palmer-Poroner 

Planet Labs PBC 

ir@planet.com 

Press 

Claire Bentley 

Planet Labs PBC 

comms@planet.com 

John Christiansen / Cassandra Bujarski 

Sard Verbinnen & Co 

Planet-SVC@sardverb.com

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