Planet Labs ($PL) Breaking Hyperspectral Boundaries with New Contract from National Recon Office
TheNewswire - March 22, 2023 - Planet Labs (NYSE:PL), a leading provider of daily data and insights about Earth, has been awarded a contract by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) for its Strategic Commercial Enhancements program.
The contract, which focuses on Commercial Hyperspectral Capabilities, will allow the company to work directly with the NRO to explore how Planet Labs hyperspectral capabilities align with the agency’s national space security architecture.
Planet's hyperspectral payload is anticipated to support the NRO's mission with a spectral range of 400-2500nm, 5nm bands, and an industry-leading signal-to-noise ratio. This collaboration will also allow the NRO to model and simulate future Planet capabilities, evaluate how data may be integrated into the agency's existing operations, and demonstrate various options for conducting additional activities.
This deal aligns with Planet's planned commercial capabilities with Tanager, a hyperspectral constellation designed in partnership with the Carbon Mapper Coalition, which has the potential to detect greenhouse gas emissions and improve accounting and enable mitigation of anthropogenic methane emissions.
Jon Powers, Planet Federal’s General Manager stated: “This award furthers our ability to work alongside the NRO to better serve the defense and intelligence communities. It also enables the NRO to better analyze and more quickly integrate commercial capabilities into their emerging hybrid space system architecture.”
Founded in 2010 by three NASA scientists, Planet Labs designs, builds, and operates the largest Earth observation fleet of imaging satellites.
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