San Francisco, December 31, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BBC Planet Labs (NYSE: PL), a leading provider of daily data and insights about Earth, today announced that it plans to launch 36 of its SuperDove satellites, Flock 4y, on a rocket SpaceX Falcon 9. Not earlier than Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 9:56 AM ET (14:56 UTC). Flock 4y is scheduled to launch on SpaceX’s Transporter-6 mission from Space Launch Complex 40 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
These 36 SuperDoves will replenish Planet’s existing fleet of nearly 200 satellites in orbit, working to provide a continuous, complete view of the world from above every day. Each Planet SuperDove is equipped with eight spectral bands and enhanced on-orbit capability that helps deliver accurate, analytics-ready data to Planet customers quickly. The data collected by Planet’s SuperDoves allows organizations in agriculture, government – both intelligence and civilian agencies, forestry, sustainability and other industries to make informed and timely decisions.
Furthermore, select number of these Planet SuperDoves will be decorated with artwork and quotes celebrating the legacy of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry as part of Planet’s collaboration with The Roddenberry Foundation’s Boldly Go Campaign. The Roddenberry Foundation launched this campaign in 2021 to celebrate Jane’s hopeful vision for the future of humanity – one of inclusion, scientific advancement, and collaboration. Five Planet SuperDoves on this mission will have laser-etched artwork on their side panels inspired by over 1,500 entries for the Boldly Go campaign, which asked the world to share what gives them hope for the future of humanity.
“We’re excited to work again with SpaceX to bring 36 SuperDoves into orbit, our eighth overall launch with a launch provider,” said Mike Savian, Planet’s vice president of launches. Once in orbit, these satellites will join our existing fleet and work to deliver cutting-edge geospatial solutions to our global customer base.”
Planet was a natural partner for the Roddenberry Foundation because the companies share similar missions – to accelerate humanity to a more sustainable, safe, and prosperous world by shining a light on environmental and social change. To showcase how these missions fit together and how satellites — and spacecraft — are launched into space, Rod Roddenberry, CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment and Gene’s son, joins Safyan to discuss the Internet’s most asked questions. Watch their conversation here.
This will be Planet’s eighth overall launch with SpaceX. Since its founding, Planet has launched more than 500 imaging satellites, more than any commercial company in history. Follow Planet’s Twitter the account As the company prepares to launch 36 SuperDoves.
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Planet is a leading provider of daily satellite imagery and geospatial solutions. Planet works with a mission to picture the world every day, making change visible, accessible and actionable. Founded in 2010 by three NASA scientists, Planet designs, builds, and operates the world’s largest fleet of Earth observation imaging satellites, capturing more than 30 terabytes of data per day. Planet provides mission-critical data, advanced insights, and software solutions to more than 800 clients, including leading agriculture, forestry, intelligence, education, finance, and government agencies, enabling users to extract unique value simply and effectively from satellite imagery. Planet is a public benefit company trading on the New York Stock Exchange as PL. To learn more, visit www.planet.com and follow us on Twitter.
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 will launch 4y successfully within expected schedule, or at all; whether Flock 4y will successfully replenish the Planet’s existing SuperDove fleet; Planet’s constellation of satellites, including Flock 4y, is able to meet the needs of its customers; And whether the Planet constellation of satellites will be able to provide insights to customers and strategic partners by design, or at all. Forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs of Planet’s management, as well as the assumptions it has made, and information currently available to them. Because these statements are based on expectations regarding future events and results and are not statements of fact, actual results could differ materially from those projected. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to: interruption or failure of Planet’s satellite operations; Whether Planet experiences any adverse events, such as delayed launches, launch failures, failure of its satellites to reach their planned orbital positions, failure of its satellites to function as intended, or being destroyed or malfunctioning, the cost of launching satellites increases exponentially. Large and/or satellite launch providers do not have sufficient capacity; the inability of Earth’s satellites to take pictures of the Earth due to weather, natural disasters, or other external factors, or as a result of a constellation of satellites having restricted capacity; and other risk factors and disclosures about Planet and its business included in Planet’s periodic reports, proxy statements and other disclosure materials filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and available online at www.sec.gov, and on Planet’s website at www.planet.com. All forward-looking statements reflect Planet’s beliefs and assumptions only as of the date such statements are made. Planet undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.
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