As part of its SkySat constellation launch, the company highlighted its intention to provide clients with 50-centimeter quality images during the recent Planet Explore conference. The event brought together all of Planet’s partners, customers, data product end users, and developers. At the same time, a business official announced updates to the Dove satellites, which are used to capture imagery in eight spectral bands.
There is a need from Planet’s clients for pictures with a higher resolution than the 72 centimetres per pixel given by the 15 SkySats constellation, according to Will Marshall, CEO and Co-Founder of Planet. According to him, the corporation plans to improve its picture processing and decrease the height of its SkySats to meet this demand. In addition, Planet has already begun testing on one satellite and lowered it to a lower orbit for the purposes of the test programme.
According to Marshall, “If everything goes according to the plans,” all 15 SkySat satellites will be brought down such that they can provide data at a resolution of 50 cm. At 50 cm, road markers and other components that are crucial for mapping and other applications may be noticed.” Dove triple CubeSats have been added to Planet’s current list of upcoming launches. When asked if he was enthusiastic about the move to an eight-band system, Marshall replied, “Yes, I am.” PlanetScope, the company’s 3-meter-resolution imaging taken by Doves, currently observes around four spectral bands.
When it comes to monitoring the air quality in South Asian countries, NASA recently gave a about $750,000 funding for a project that would help citizens in these countries receive fast and accurate air quality notifications. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES-19), the newest NASA award, is said to be good for three years.