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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