Planet Labs provides universal access to information about the changing planet. We will operate the world’s largest fleet of Earth imaging satellites to frequently image the entire planet and provide open access to that information.
We want to help people understand the planet and make better decisions. By giving people a view of the Earth in near real-time, we intend to spur people, companies, and governments to action. Planet Labs will be providing an entirely new data set -- unprecedented coverage and frequent imagery of the planet. This new information will inform future humanitarian, ecological and commercial endeavors.
The Blue Marble is a photograph of Earth taken by Apollo 17 astronauts in 1972 and is credited with popularizing the environmental movement. What the Blue Marble did for global awareness, Planet Labs will do for global action.
We are a purpose-driven company and we care deeply about positive impact through the use of information and space technologies. In addition to creating value for our commercial customers, our platform is being designed to allow people to detect deforestation, better understand agriculture yields, and give first responders relevant information immediately after a natural disaster.
We understand that our technology has the potential to reach billions of people, and we are determined to see it used responsibly. Two examples of this principle are built into our initial designs. Firstly, our platform does not jeopardize personal privacy. Users are able to see the canopy of a tree but cannot identify individual cars or persons. Secondly, we care about orbital space debris and have designed our satellites to fly in low orbits, operating safely away from the congested space environment at higher altitudes.
Provide Open Information.
We are committed to transparency and we’ll work to make information available to those who need it the most. There are a myriad of potential uses for our data. The best way to tap into the full potential is to make it universally accessible. With open access to this information, users and developers will be able to innovate and create new tools and novel applications we could never have imagined.
Planet Labs is a team of scientists, engineers and developers that build and utilize space technology and computer systems for good. Making a positive impact on the world with technology is our passion.
The founders first met at an international conference that gathered young professionals to make policy recommendations on how space can benefit humanity. Over the last dozen years, they’ve worked together on a range of projects at the intersection of space and societal benefit.
Chris Boshuizen, CTO
Chris is responsible for satellite production and the leadership of the engineering team. Previously, Chris was at NASA Ames where he was the Co-Investigator on PhoneSat and led multiple partnership projects between NASA and private space exploration companies. Chris received his Ph.D. in Physics and Bachelors of Science with honors from the University of Sydney.
Will Marshall, CEO
Will is responsible for setting the company’s vision and and for architecting the company strategy. Previously, Will was a Scientist at NASA/USRA where he served as Co-Investigator for PhoneSat, Science Team member on the LCROSS and LADEE lunar missions. He led research projects in orbital space debris remediation. Will has published over 30 articles in scientific publications. Will received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oxford and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University.
Robbie Schingler, President and COO
Robbie is responsible for the company’s business operations and product development. Previously, Robbie worked at NASA serving as the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chief Technologist, incubating the Space Technology Program. He managed the exoplanet-finding mission TESS, and served as lead for NASA’s Open Government activities. Robbie received a BS in Engineering Physics from Santa Clara University, an MBA from Georgetown and a Masters from the International Space University.
Join the Team
At Planet Labs, we seek to advance the state-of-the-art in space and computer science by applying new innovations and inventing new technology where necessary. We have a diverse research and technical staff that share the motivation to realize ideas and innovations that tackle the world’s toughest challenges and improve the lives of people everywhere.
We are located in downtown San Francisco, CA, USA and outside Oxford, UK. If you are interested in a job or internship, please view our open positions here. If you want to share ideas, please email us!
Planet Labs Inc. is a purpose-driven space and analytics company based in San Francisco, California. Founded in 2010, the company’s goal is to provide universal access to information about the changing planet. The company is founded by former NASA scientists and includes a team of leading venture capital investors, including Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures (OATV), Capricorn Investment Group, Founders Fund Angel, Data Collective, First Round Capital, and Innovation Endeavors. Planet Labs Inc. was formerly called Cosmogia Inc.
We build space platforms using state-of-the-art technology. We design and build the satellites in San Francisco; we test the capabilities in the lab, on mountaintops, from airplanes and in space.
Dove Series of Satellites
In April 2013, Planet Labs launched two demonstration satellites to test technologies and operations on a space-based platform. The satellites, known as “Dove 1” and “Dove 2”, successfully accomplished their mission goals. Below is a selection of imagery from Dove 1 and Dove 2.
In November 2013, Planet Labs launched two more demonstration satellites on board a Dnepr rocket.
In early 2014, Planet Labs will launch the world’s largest constellation of Earth observing satellites.
Below is an image of the 28 spacecraft that make up Flock 1 just prior to being sent to the launch pad.
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