A startup’s constellation of tiny satellites is now photographing half of earth’s landmass every day

By Tim Fernholz
October 24, 2016

Are you ready for the com­ing era of glob­al transparency?

 After two years in oper­a­tion, the satel­lite-imag­ing start­up Plan­et tells Quartz that it is now pho­tograph­ing more than 50 mil­lion square kilo­me­ters of the earth every sin­gle day. That’s about a tenth of the world’s sur­face area, or half its land­mass. Indeed, in Sep­tem­ber 2016 alone, the com­pa­ny says it imaged 91% of earth’s landmass.
Planet’s plan is to make that imagery avail­able to the pub­lic, with free basic access and pre­mi­um accounts for high­er quan­ti­ty and qual­i­ty data. It’s like­ly to impact every­thing from finance and farm­ing to envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and human rights.
The company’s goal is “to image the whole world every day, mak­ing change vis­i­ble, acces­si­ble, and action­able,” Rob­bie Schin­gler, cofounder and chief strat­e­gy offi­cer of Plan­et, said at the Inter­na­tion­al Astro­nau­ti­cal Con­gress in September.
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