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Planet Labs PBC Launches Next Generation PlanetScope with Eight Spectral Bands, Quality Improvements

By SpaceRef Editor
March 3, 2022
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Planet Labs PBC (NYSE: PL), a leading provider of daily data and insights about Earth, today announced the general availability of the next generation of its PlanetScope Monitoring product, offering high quality, analysis-ready data to all existing PlanetScope customers. While previously offering four spectral bands, PlanetScope will now include eight spectral bands in addition to a series of enhancements, providing customers with richer, cleaner, and more consistent data to empower deeper analysis of Earth’s changing conditions.

“Planet is focused on delivering the most timely and accurate data possible to our customers. We are excited about this release because we know it empowers customers to enhance their analyses and decision-making with robust, global-scale data. Our customers and partners will use the new features to power analytics and solutions across broad industries,” said Jim Thomason, VP of Product Imagery at Planet.

Next-generation PlanetScope Monitoring includes a range of improvements that help Planet customers spend less time processing and cleaning data before analysis so that they can focus on their critical business needs. The PlanetScope visual data products are sharper and have fewer sensor artifacts, improving human inspection of change. The PlanetScope analytic data products are calibrated to Sentinel-2 and have improved spectral band alignment, enabling accurate time-series analysis and machine learning models. In addition, PlanetScope data now includes the coastal blue, yellow, a second green, and red edge spectral bands to provide deeper understanding of physical change.

PlanetScope data already provides customers with critical insights for natural resource management and security. Customers use the daily imaging product to monitor wetlands, conduct climate research, analyze agricultural regions, and provide emergency response to communities experiencing disasters. With the next-generation PlanetScope capabilities, Planet customers will now be able to gain even greater data insights, in a more accessible way, to rapidly support people on the ground – from agronomists to civil servants.

Early access users of next-generation PlanetScope Monitoring have been able to leverage these enhancements to support environmental monitoring and protect human health in coastal communities. SargAssure, a UK Space Agency-funded project, currently uses the spectral data to monitor large influxes of seaweed, known as sargassum, as it washes up onto coastal beaches. As large piles of the seaweed decompose, they release harmful chemicals that can cause respiratory and skin issues for beach-goers; this has prompted organizations to now monitor and provide early-warning systems for local communities. German-based EOMAP, a remote sensing company that focuses on the safety of marine and freshwater systems, is also using PlanetScope’s eight-band capabilities to collect critical water quality metrics to support human health and livelihoods.

“PlanetScope images provided by SuperDoves hit the sweet spot of spatial, spectral, and temporal resolution needed for tactical sargassum monitoring on beaches and in nearshore waters,” said Geoff Smith, Director at Specto Natura and partner in the SargAssure project. “The influxes of sargassum are highly dynamic depending on tides, ocean currents, and wind directions, requiring high cadence for effective monitoring,” he added, emphasizing the need for PlanetScope’s daily imaging capabilities.

“Planet SuperDoves deliver additional spectral information. This allows us to retrieve better data on atmospheric properties and specific absorption features of chlorophyll-a or cyanobacteria in inland waters,” said Karin Schenk, Head of Water Quality at EOMAP. “We value the combination of up-to-date daily images and recordings at high spatial resolution. By processing such data, we enable and empower our clients – water managers and authorities – to monitor dynamics in even very small water bodies. For instance, they can better control bathing water in lakes or flushing activities in hydropower installations on rivers.”

With agile aerospace, Planet can continually invest in its core products, leveraging the latest software advancements to deliver their customers and partners more value every year. Starting today, this update will provide PlanetScope customers with spectrally rich, global-scale data and a more streamlined platform experience to access the information they need. To learn more about this PlanetScope update, join the product webinar on March 24, 2022.

About Planet Labs PBC 

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 and follow us on Twitter.



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